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Joseph A In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Electronic, Swing, Samba, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Joseph A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Electronic, Swing, Samba, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Bachelor of Music, Portland State University, Music Composition

Awards:

 OPB, 2013 - Performed for OPB’s business partner’s party in OPB’s studio with my group, The Clambake Combo.

 Oregon Business Magazine, 2013 - Performed for Oregon Business Magazine’s top 100 Green Companies event; have played the 100 Best Non-Profits dinner award event in the past as well.

Theatre Vertigo, (Musical Composer and Performer) Portland, OR, 2012, 2013 - Commissioned by Theatre Vertigo to compose and perform new music for Bertolt Brecht’s epic, Mother Courage and Her Children. Performed my original score with the Theatre Vertigo’s actors and my bandmates from AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady for the fall run of the play; was also commisioned this past spring of 2013 by Walla Walla University’s drama dept. for use of my music in their spring performance of the same said play

2012, performed at Cathedral Park Jazz Fest

Overview:
I'm a fun and energetic guitarist who specializes in gypsy jazz and music composition. I play in several swing bands around Portland and have been for over 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in music composition from PSU university. When I teach music I focus on first helping students meet their goals, whether it's play a rock song or improvise or read music, I feel every student learns at their own pace and I simply act as a facilitator to guide the student on their own musical path. That being said, fundamentals are always returned to as the foundations on which we build music.
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching on and off for about 10 years, I enjoy helping students obtain their goals, whatever their age or skill level. I think it's important for guitarists to learn some basic music fundementals we can communicate with other improvisers outside of guitar-centric music. I am not against guitar tablature sites altogether, but I do believe that tablature can be more useful if it at least indicates the rhythms. I believe learning how to read and notate rhythms can help enrich and empower students and help them develop as performs, composers and teachers in their own right.
METHODS USED
I teach the CAGED method on guitar, by which all chord forms and most tonal scales are based on 5 easy chord shapes, C,A,G,E, D. I will continue to ask students what their goals are and reach those goals, while learning basic fundementals of reading music. I have several other reccomended texts and resources to help students. I also teach them how to transcribe their favorite songs and some methods for going about that. I believe learning songs, and analyzing their harmonic structure and melodic content is yet another good excerise for my students to learn.
LESSON STYLE
I generally split lessons into three sections, 1/3 with chords, 1/3 scales, 1/3 with songs, but every student is different, for example, If your goal is to strictly learn chords to sing folks songs over, I will emphasize more chord reading and learning time. If you want to play leads, I will spend more time emphasizing scales to help you learn how to improvise. There are also other excercises we can do like rhythm reading (just with clapping, no instrument) transcription/listening, and harmonic analysis.
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