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BM, Berklee College of Music, Professional Music (emphasis in Guitar, Music Production & Arranging) Diploma, Orange County School of the Arts, Guitar Conservatory
2013 - Release of debut LP of original compositions, arrangements, and productions
2013 - Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in only 3 years, while earning placement on the Dean's List every semester
2013 - Release of dubut EP of original compositions, arrangements and productions
2010 - Berklee College of Music North American Scholarship Tour Annual Scholarship
2008 - 2010 - Performed with Orange County School of the Arts at Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC)
2010 - 1st Place in classical ensemble performance at Brownsville Guitar Competition, University division, Brownsville, TX
2009 - 1st Place in non-classical solo performance at Pacific Guitar Festival (Monrovia, CA)
I am a passionate instructor who is particularly excited about passing on the knowledge and skills that I have acquired over the years. I earned by Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2013. I studied guitar at Berklee and emphasized in music production and arranging. During my time at Berklee, I intently studied classical and jazz music theory, composition, performance, and history. I teach elements of each of these topics during private lessons to ensure that my students are not simply guitar players, but well-rounded and knowledgable musicians.
I began my formal teaching career as a volunteer for an after school community program at Orange County School of the Arts in 2009, and have been consistently teaching students in my home since my high school graduation, throughout my career at Berklee, and beyond. I've found my dynamic knowledge and experience in performane and composition styles ranging from classical and jazz to indie rock and everything in between to be particulary effective in holding my students' interest and fostering their musical growth. I am honored to be a part of my students' musical education. My goal is to give them the tools to see and hear the power of music like I do, and for a lifelong love of music to follow.
As instrumental private instruction tends to be extracurricular, I've always felt that maintaining the student's interest level is particularly important. The way I accomplish this is by focusing on one to three small, attainable goals for my students to accomplish during each lesson. This way the student always feels capable and never overwhelmed, and individual practice time is only a matter of mastery and muscle memory on which we are ready to build at the next lesson. These small goals are generally geared towards technique, reading, and a musical piece.
I priory mentioned my method of small, attainable goals for my students, but I would like to emphasize how I do everything I can to meet my students where they are along their musical education. I like to point my students towards the styles in which they are most instrested to maintain there interest in music, while also teaching them the fundamentals of theory and technique, which are the basis of all Western music. This way they are able to weave between styles as their intrest in alternative areas grows.
Jackson is a fantastic! Not only does he make learning fun, he carefully evaluates what the student knows and if they are understanding, what he is teaching them. We are super thankful to have him as an instructor for our 13 year old son.
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