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2016 - Co-producing at Electric Lady Studios 2013 to 2015 - First westerner to have his/her music and videos released by CJ E&M, one of South Korea's largest Kpop and entertainment companies 2013 - Keyboardist on Hoodie Allen's "Crusin' USA" national hip hop tour
Music is my life and I believe that, above all else, my passion to share the love of music is my most effective asset! Having graduated from Oberlin College, studied at Berklee College of Music, toured as a keyboardist on a national hip hop tour, pursued a Kpop career in Seoul, produced and conceived of a music film in Cape Town, and currently through my teaching/composing/producing work here in New York City, I believe that my rich and diverse set of musical experiences have shaped a very hopeful and motivated musical perspective and sensibility, one which I hope to share.
I started teaching private piano lesson back in high school. At that time, I enjoyed teaching students as young as five years old and as old as 85. No matter the age, I felt then, and still today, that really taking the time to understand each individual student's interests greatly benefited my ability to be a sensitive, thoughtful, and successful teacher. Since relocating to NYC a couple of years ago, having been living in Seoul for the previous two and a half years, I've continued to truly enjoy teaching piano and music production students around the city. I feel very strongly that learning the piano is not only a wonderful thing, for the purposes of playing a beautiful instrument, but just as importantly for serving as a potent launching pad for a deep understand of music theory, production, and general music appreciation.
I believe strongly in approaching each student with a blank slate. This means that, before even considering a workbook or a songbook, I take the time to learn from my student about what makes him or her most excited about music. If I find out that my student loves the theme song from La La Land, we're going to learn that! If he or she wants to understand how it's possible for a major scale and a natural minor scale to share the exact same notes, then we'll explore it, not only theoretically, but practically. This method of understanding a concept and then immediately applying it to a practical situation is one that I believe to be completely necessary and enjoyable for every student. It's the only way for the imprint of the concept to take shape.
Just like in our life experiences, I believe that keeping lesson plans diverse and high-energy is essential! This means that, during any given lesson, listening to a song, playing a song, tapping out rhythms, practicing scales, learning about jazz voicings, or speaking about the role that the piano plays in a rhythm section might be most relevant at any given moment. I take the time to learn about each student's normal practice schedule and make suggestions about how to practice, when to practice, and what to practice.
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