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BM, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Guitar Performance
2012 - Music Department Talent Scholorship
2013 - Special Recognition Music Scholorship
2013 - Music Department talent Scholorship
2013 - Jim Altman Guitar Scholarship
2014 - Jim Altman Guitar Scholarship
I am a guitarist and instructor who believes that everyone has the ability to play music and to be a part of such a joyful experience. I have been playing guitar for 15 years, and in 2015, I graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance. I have had the opportunity to participate in master classes with world class guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Ricardo Iznaola, and Martha Masters, which gave me profound insight and understanding of the guitar. It is one of my greatest passions to share my knowledge and help others play the guitar with confidence and joy.
My teaching experience began when I was a senior in college, as I have taught guitar classes at a Denver high school and also taught privately out of my private studio. In my studio I like to work on the student’s goals and aspirations while also implementing an understanding of music theory and guitar anatomy. I encourage my students to practice regularly in an environment free of distractions so they can focus on the material at hand. It is one of my teaching philosophies that it is better to practice a few times a day than once a day because it re-familiarizes all the work and information obtained in lessons.It is one of my greatest passions to share my knowledge and help others play the guitar with confidence and joy. A little practice each day can result in great rewards musically for the musician(s) and the audience!
For beginning students I typicaly start with a introduction book like Hal Leonard's Guitar Method Book 1 for younger students, and Solo Guitar Playing book 1 by Fredrick Noad for older and experienced students. Once fundamental techniques are acquired, I introduce repertoire suited for each student and they can participate in a performance. For older students I will work on the music they are interested in and integrate challenging material accordingly to keep lessons engaging and fun.
To me it is one of the greatest rewards to see my students understand a concept or play a difficult passage. I believe it's important for each student to progress at his or her own pace because everyone has a different mindset. I often tell my students to just work on the first and second staff of the music so they don't overload themselves with work. Setting reasonable goals fuels the students desire to progress and gets them excited to continue learning more.
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