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Bachelor Degree: Vanguard University
Joel began to study classical guitar at Orange County High School of the Arts where he received training for various musical genres and collaborated with other musicians in small ensemble projects. He has performed at numerous venues in the US and has been invited to give masterclasses throughout Southern California. He has also won first and second place in several solo guitar competitions such as: the American Strings Teacher Association Competition, the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival, Pacific Guitar Festival, International Guitar Competition UT Dallas and Orange County Musical Arts. His most recent accomplishment is graduating from Vanguard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Music; during his time at Vanguard, Joel toured internationally with a select number of students to represent the university. Joel wishes to further his skills as a guitarist while sharing his passion for music with his students.
I began to teach guitar lessons when I was 15 years old while I was studying at Orange County High School of the Arts. My first student was my age and I learned early on that a good teacher can inspire passion in their students; I have made a personal goal of mine to be the best teacher I can possibly be! Since then I have taught dozens of guitarists how to read music, improve their technique and preparation for the music they play. Many of my students have gone on to pursue careers unrelated to music but I feel proud to have played a part in their education and growth.
I enjoy basing my lessons with students off of method books. I find that method books help students to practice during the week and they also help me assign specific exercises. I currently use three different method books depending on the age and personality of the student. I also love to assign 2-3 pieces/songs that are manageable according to the student's level so they develop musicianship skills from their first few lessons. Lastly I enjoy taking a few minutes during the lesson to "jam out" with my students because it's important for all musicians to learn how to play with other musicians and have a glimpse of what they can sound like someday.
I enjoy teaching by example and have my guitar with me in all lessons. I also believe in hands on learning and will ask my students to try to play an exercise or piece that they are unfamiliar with. I also like to limit my number of assignments and new concepts to about 3-5 per lesson because I find that if I share too much information with students they can feel overwhelmed. I also like to send a text message or email with the assignments for that week so my students to know exactly what to practice on their own. I am very flexible so if a student makes a request to learn a song or different style than I am happy to accommodate.
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