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MAS, Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana MM, Yale School of Music BM, Cornish College of the Arts
Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowship 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Festival Second Prize University of Toronto 4 year, full tuition scholarship Irving S. Gilmore Scholarship Full-tuition scholarship to attend the Yale School of Music Irving S. Gilmore Stipend to support expenses while attending Yale President Scholarship for Outstanding Achievements Kreieshelheimer Scholarship for Exemplary Musicianship Merit Scholarship Scholarship for academic merit at Cornish College of the Arts 2011 Northwest Guitar Competition Grand Prize
As a musician, educator, and researcher, I explore how music serves as a portal to the human experience. From my first garage band to playing at Carnegie Hall, my life as a musician has taken me to concert venues all over the world and through the hallowed halls of some of our most venerable institutions of learning. However, my driving motivation to live a musical life comes from the sharing and exploration of musical knowledge. Whether from the stage or in the teaching studio, my central goal as a musician and teacher is to inspire my audiences to experience the world in a more moving way.
My teaching experience encompasses over a decade of teaching across three continents. I've taught in public high schools, music schools, multidisciplinary seminars and camps, universities (Yale, University of Toronto) conservatories (Cornish College of the Arts and Il Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana), and maintained a private studio since 2005. My students are an eclectic bunch and I couldn't be happier that this is the case; I regularly teach classical guitar lessons, help teenagers make hip hop and RnB records, work with budding sound designers, and coach avant-garde chamber music ensembles, just to name a few!
Over years of experience in extremely disparate teaching environments, I have developed a teaching method designed to accommodate learners of all backgrounds and abilities. My teaching method has been workshopped through countless hours of 1on1 and classroom instruction, pedagogical research, student feedback and peer review, and study of industry best practices. The central values of my teaching method are: 1) Celebrating the unique qualities, talents, and aspirations of each of my students. 2) Curating musical curiosity, passion, resilience, wonder, and discipline 3) Helping my students develop a lifelong engagement with music
The most important people in my life have always been my teachers. Teachers in my life have been to thank for my greatest triumphs and to no one else do I owe such a great debt. However, careless teachers have driven many students away from a musical life, and left indelible scars on others. Thus, it is with the greatest respect and acknowledgment of responsibility that I approach my teaching style. I aim to help each and every student identify meaningful and achievable goals and to develop practice/performance techniques and critical thinking skills to achieve their goals. I believe that the best learning environments are safe, open, and respectful and that the best route to success is through modeling success, hard work, positive example, and thoughtful mentorship.
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