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2010 - BS Physics & Astronomy, University of Georgia
2011 - PTK Honor Student
I love to teach. I studied in Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, and Mathematics, but music and teaching have always been in my life, teaching students throughout high school and college at UGA as a second job. I took trips to Mexico over the summers from 2002-2005 playing music for children and students in between manual labor mission work. My music performance experience ranges from large outdoor venues in front of a large crowd to sitting and recording acoustic and electric lead tracks in a studio.
I have been an enthusiastic guitar player for 15 years, and an instructor for guitar and bass for 10 years. I began teaching music in 2002, my senior year of high school, to begin making extra money for school. In the past, I have kept a steady repertoire of 3-6 guitar students, but I'm ready for more. My work experience extends beyond music into the field of Pediatrics and occasionally Geriatrics -- I love dealing with people of all ages. I have played in church, I have played in rock bands, I have played in mariachi bands, I have played in jazz bands, and I've even played in small classical groups. I relish the challenge of learning new styles of music, even new instruments. I can play the mandolin, the banjo, and the ukulele. I can teach 4- or 5- string bass to an intermediate to advanced level.
My methods are largely dependent upon the personality and learning style of my students. One thing is always constant in my teaching, and that is the monitoring of the students ability to read and interpret written music and tablature. The first week or two is devoted solely to establishing a basic ability to site-read music within the student. From that point, the journey into the world of guitar begins. I tend to employ the Hal Leonard method of teaching, following along with several of the Hal Leonard guitar books, for electric and acoustic guitars, also bass. After a period of one to three months of learning, I then allow the student to choose which style of music that he or she would most like to learn, then follow along with that using sheet music, tablatures, playing by ear, and other resources.
My teaching style is formal, but very friendly. I like to establish a connection with the family and student, making it easy to keep the family updated on the student's progress. I can be somewhat in-formal at times, but only in a way that makes my student most comfortable with me and his or her instrument. I do maintain a regimen, establishing a goal to reach week by week, according to the learning pace of the student. Ultimately, my goal is to get the student to fall in love with the activity that I myself love, making joyous sounds from a wonderful instrument.
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