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BA, Point Loma Nazarene University, Music
2000 Performed with Frank Mantooth and Bobby Shew with the PLNU Jazz Band
2001 Performed with PLNU Jazz Band at the USS Missouri in Hawaii
2003 Performed with Charles McPherson with PLNU Jazz Band
2012 Performed at the House of Blues (restaurant/bar area) with The Midwinters
I love music and I love the guitar, as an acoustic instrument and as an electric soundscape tool. The guitar is such a great instrument for everyone to learn and bring music into their lives. In 2004, I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Music. I appreciated my time there as I was given the opportunity to play with several professional musicians and future stars in the music world. I was able to travel to Hawaii and play all over the islands, to the Reno Jazz Festival for two years, to the CMEA conference in San Francisco, the San Diego Chargers' blood drive as well as many other venues. I've played for all different kinds of gigs: from show choirs and musical theater to church to Indie shows at the Soda Bar, House of Blues and the Adams Ave. Street Fair. I can teach at your home or in a room at my local church building in Carlsbad (92008).
My teaching experience goes all the way back to high school! I am used to teaching in homes as well as in the studio, either way is fine with me. You definitely want a place free from distractions so that the student can focus on learning the guitar. As far as what we work on, depends on the student's interest. I do my best to keep the student motivated and can record the student playing so that they can hear themselves, learn, improve, etc.
For children, I usually go through a method book that teaches the basics of music and teaches the child to play simple one-note melodies and chords (if their hands are big enough to reach over the neck of the guitar comfortably). For teenagers and adults, I usually find out what they want to learn, what songs/bands they like. This is helpful in motivating as it is the reason they are taking lessons! I still go over the basics of music with adults as it will help them learn songs faster and teach them how to learn on their own as well. I encourage goals and focusing on meeting the goals rather than the rote "practice 30 minutes a day" concept. Although it is necessary to practice at least 10 minutes a day to see progress, the whole point of learning guitar is to learn songs and skills, not to say "I've played guitar for 2 hours this week." We will write our goals down, track them and focus on how we can meet them.
I LOVE it when my students get that first smile when they've accomplished a goal that we've set out. They want to show their friends and family what they've learned and nothing is better than that. I try to keep it fun and relate everything we work on to the goals that we've set out. I can audio or video record the lessons as well and then send them to the student as a practice tool as well.
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