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BA in music, Kenyon College, Composition and Guitar Performance
David B Perry Music award
Angela Waite recital
I first got hooked on music listening to my dad's recordings of folk music when I was a kid. This ignited in me a lifelong passion for music. I have had the joy to have played everything from weddings to the national anthem at a MLB game. I earned my Bachelor's degree in music from Kenyon college, where I focused on classical guitar and composition. In addition to classical music, I love folk and jazz and everything in between!
I started teaching guitar lessons when I was a sophomore in college- about 8 years ago. At the time I just needed money, and I was a decent guitar player, but I soon found I had a real passion for teaching! I continued to teach the elementary age students I had at that time until I graduated. Later, I moved to Philadelphia where I had a wider age range in my students (never too late to start learning an instrument!). While there, I got involved with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar and Mandolin society, where I grew a lot as a musician and gained some valuable performance experience. Later, I relocated to Tennessee, where I reconnected with my roots in american folk music. In addition to my love of music, I began pursuing the role of educator in other guises. I have worked in informal education at museums in addition to my lessons, and I am now pursuing a master degree in education.
For absolute beginners, I like to start with some basic chord shapes. This will allow the student to play some basic songs. From there, we learn about scales and how to use them. This reinforces the understanding of chords and allows us to explore new chords in new positions. I introduce appropriate pieces or songs as the student progresses. For more experienced students, I try to focus the lessons more on specific areas the student might want to learn about and fill in any gaps in their current knowledge. To me, listening is a very important part of playing and learning to play.
To me, the greatest thrill of playing music is playing things you like! I always try to make this a core feature of my lessons. I also believe that once you dive into one style of music, and you learn it's intricacies and idioms, you can pretty easily be swept away into another style. Everyone has their favorites of course, but I encourage my students to explore styles of music they may not be familiar with. This serves to expand one's boundries as well as open up many opportunities to learn new skills and techniques associated with particular styles of music.
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