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BS, Marquette University, Broadcast & Electronic Communications AAS, Institute of Production & Recording, Audio Engineering & Audio Production
2011 - Graduated Cum Laude from Institute of Production & Recording 2013 - 2015 - Musical Director, Freedom Chapel AG, Long Island, NY
Music has and is still a huge part of my life. It's one of two things that I feel is worth pursuing no matter the cost. I started my musical journey at the age of 8 playing drums. By the age of 16 I started playing piano/keyboard in church and learned by ear. At Marquette University and The Institute of Production and Recording I earned A's in all my music theory classes. With training and practice I became the musical director for the church I worked at in New York from 2013-2015. I also write and produce my own music which makes me expand my musical vocabulary and taste. I never stop learning and growing and look to instill that same quality in my students.
One of my main jobs after graduating The Institute of Production and Recording was teaching music lessons. Since 2011 I've taught drums and piano lessons for various companies from ages 3-40. To see a student who has a serious passion for music grow from not knowing anything about the piano or drums to making music is probably one of the most fulfilling feelings I could have. I believe making a connection with the student fuels the connection to the music. A passionate teacher helps make a passionate student!
My methods to teaching beginners piano is very logical in that it the fundamentals I teach build upon each other. You can think of if like a pyramid. On the bottom of the pyramid we start with the notes of the piano. By the end of lesson one it is my goal for the student to know the name of every single note on the 88-key piano/keyboard. It's easier than it sounds and the students will find out that they can retain and learn more in one lesson than what they thought they could. Then we go learning a couple of important scales, then intervals, then chords, then inversions and more! Each section building upon the previous one. A lot of what I teach can be used to learn how to play songs by ear, but I will also recommend a supplementary book for the student to practice some more conventional music theory.
I have an easy going personality and like to have fun so I try to make my lessons feel the same way. I'm not overly harsh or judgmental but instead I try to make each lesson a true learning experience where there's no pressure and the student is free to make mistakes (even encouraged to take risk and make mistakes) in pursuit of their passion of music. I believe when a student feels free to be themselves with their instrument it will result in a faster learning curve and more excitement to learn.
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