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Associate degree Berklee school of music.
Toured Europe, Japan and South America throughout the 90's. Live performances, recordings and master classes. Produced over 150 CD's for Enja records and Ken music Ran a Jazz club for 12 years. Booked many of the finest Jazz artists of today.
I have been in the music business for some time. I have produced many recordings and I ran a club for 12 years. I learned so much about patience during these years. I have toured extensively and taught classes in music all over Europe and the USA. I enjoy the process of conveying basic fundamentals to inspire any student to learn something about music by applying themselves. I have a studio with the best samples on the market, which I use for Film composing. I also have live drums (DW) and an isolation booth for recording and tracking.
I'm a firm believer in self motivation. Having a good teacher is important but having a great student is paramount. I love to develop concepts that work for the individual student whom I'm relaying ideas to. Whether it is theory or academia or the idea of honest expression, all these facets of teaching have always been inspiring to me. I can mock up many different playing situations to accommodate any level of player. The process creates a live playing and practical application type of environment. I have been working on this for 12 years.
Teaching the most basic concepts in how to build a chord or a scale by using formulas is my favorite way to approach the lesson. An individual's understanding of music is always changing therefore I feel it is better to change with them. Using methods which are proven is important, but the idea of improvisation during a lesson always keeps the interest for me and the student. Of course this depends completely on the age and the experience of a student. I have taught 6 years old musicians who grasped music faster than 25 year old students. There are always exceptions. When it comes to children who are 10 years and younger I prefer doing the lesson in groups of 3 or more. This form has always promoted a relaxed environment for the young student in my experience. I find the small groups helps with keeping interest.
When teaching I always discuss the interest the student has first. I can adjust to any method of teaching. Once we establish their goals, I make suggestions of various ideologies. I prefer to create the lessons weekly, and use the idea of theory, harmony, melody and rhythm as a building block in order to enable a student to move at their own pace. I start a student from the point where they are in terms of theory. I know that music is about developing a vocabulary. Developing the ability to construct music without the need for a teacher is the direction I like to go in. A good teacher will only guide the student not dictate to them. Having an interest in many styles of music allows me the chance to be more open to teaching the beauty of writing a simple 3 chord progression or orchestrating for a full orchestra. Whether we are studying electronic music, acoustic music, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical music etc, I relay to the student as much about the history of the genre as possible. Concentrating on musicians and their legacies is invaluable to the true understanding of music appreciation and success in expressing oneself through music. It is all music.
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