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I believe music is a universal language that every person can learn. Music has always been my passion, and being able to teach and pass along the knowledge of such an emotional force, that brings people together, is a blessing in itself. The beauty of music is that no matter who or how old you are, music always has something new to teach you. I graduated from Cuyamaca College with two AA's, where I performed in the choir. My music degree has an emphasis on Vocals and Perfomance. I have performed with a few local bands around the greater San Diego area and I am currently the lead singer of "Santana Pa Ti." I have played the drums for twenty years. I learned to play piano, organ and to compose music at Cuyamaca. Self-taught in guitar. I have played in venues such as House of Blues-San Diego, San Diego Zoo and Chicano Park's 47th Anniversary.
I began by tutoring my fellow students during college. Little by little, I realized that I was becoming more passionate about seeing the students progress and achieve the goals they set for themselves. There is almost no greater feeling than accomplishing a goal, and even though I always acknowledge and encourage students on their accomplishments, I believe there's always another step to take, another skill to master. I also believe, especially with beginners, that rooting a students skill with the bare basics is essential to understanding music. My students will undergo mock auditions and mock performances to learn to be a professional when it comes to the real thing. I always encourage my students to learn different music than they already know to build up a repertoire, to go audition and perform, and to never stop practicing. I have taught guitar classes and songwriting classes at Tower Talent Studio West.
Typically, the first lesson begins as a mock audition to engage the level that the student is at, no matter what age. After learning about the student's musical taste, I usually pick the music that the student will learn in our lessons, this especially goes for beginners. More intermediate and advanced students will get to choose what music they want to learn, accordingly to the lesson plan. I have many books and sheet music for all sorts of styles. My style of singing is called "Bel Canto", italian for beautiful singing. Smooth, flowing melodies, flatter the voice to help it become even, flexible and expressive. My student's voices will not wear out, but rather, they grow stronger and more responsive to their owners emotions. Students will learn about all the areas of the body in which the voice can travel, articulation and enunciation, and a huge array of vocal exercise. The most important thing of all, is that the student's are engaged and having fun.
It's always a great feeling to see one of my students successfully performing a piece of music that they have been working hard on. Sometimes a student may feel they are not progressing as quickly as they want to, but I always encourage the students that as long as they are progressing at any kind of pace, they're getting better. I always make sure that my student's are learning something new to keep them engaged. I also like reviewing my student's past lessons to keep them from forgetting and to keep those lessons fresh in their minds.
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