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BM, Berklee College of Music, Guitar Performance MM, Aaron Copland School of Music, Jazz Performance
2008 - Performance of Leo Brouwer commissioned for the Cordoba Guitar Festival, with the composer actingas the Orchestra Director 2015 - AIE High Specialization Scholarship 2016 - Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music 2018 - Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Aaron Copland of Music 2012-2018 - Touring musician having played in different cities over the United States, Spain, Italy and Ecuador.
I'm a Performer, Composer and Music Instructor based in NYC. In 2016 I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a BM in Performance, and in May 2018 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MM in Jazz Performance. I have performed all over the world in places such as Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Denver, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy and Ecuador. I regularly perform around the NYC area with my Quartet, specially with my project with which I'm about to release my first record in the fall.
I have been teaching music since 2010. I used to have students back in my hometown up until 2012 when I moved to Boston for my Bachelors. I kept having students during that time during which I also worked as a Core Music Tutor in Berklee College of Music. There, I helped students having difficulties with their basic Music subjects such as Modern Harmony, Ear Training, Tonal Harmony (Classical Harmony), Conducting and Arranging. I also have been fortunate to compliment my touring with teaching Masterclasses wherever I go to play, which is a different kind of teaching experience than one on one classes, but has helped me immensely to grow as a private instructor.
I like to combine Technique and Theory with hands on application into songs. I start by doing an analysis of the level of theory and the proficiency of playing of the student. Then, I create a path of Theory = Practical learning to do. In theory, we analyze how music works before we touch the instrument. Then, we go on to learn technique on the instrument and learn song adapted to the students taste of music In this part, we also apply our theory knowledge onto what we play. Nothing should stay on the realm of the completely theoretical, everything we learn should be applied to our playing. This way, we obtain a holistic approach, nurturing all of the aspects of music in order to make the student a more complete musician, as well as making sure he enjoys the process of becoming one.
Teaching for me works best on an individual level. Students work on different levels and languages concerning music, and you have to be able to adapt to them. Some people might understand everything from the get go, some students need graphic support, some student need to learn song to understand what they are doing. The important part of being an instructor is not the actual material to be taught but being able to clear the way for the student to learn and teach himself, as well as providing a direction towards understanding the instrument and music through the taste and necessities of each student.
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