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Berklee College of Music, Piano Performance and Songwriting
2018- Released debut album
2017- Merit Scholarship to Berklee College of Music
2014- Featured artist on NPR Radio
2014- Gold Medal, Indiana Statewide Piano Competition
I am a motivated instructor who wants to get the absolute best out of my students. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where I studied jazz piano and songwriting. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but where I benefited from the most at Berklee was through meeting people. At Berklee, I met my studio band with whom I recorded my first studio album, "Finer Things", which is available everywhere. In addition to recording an album of original music, I have had the privilege of working as a live musician. I have played in a touring band as the lead singer and keyboardist, and have also performed hundreds of gigs as a solo musician. Events/venues that I have played at include weddings, fundraisers, parties, clubs, bars restaurants and more. It is my goal to help students reach a level to where they are able to receive a steady flow of paying gigs.
One of the things I am most passionate about is helping students find and develop the musical spark inside of them. It is one of the most rewarding things for me to see the progress a student makes over time, and I am sure you will learn to look at music from a new and fun perspective under my guidance. I take an approach that focuses heavily on training the ear and improvisation, as I am a firm believer in the importance of those skills. I have instructed over 25 students of all ages and seen remarkable progress in each student. My belief is that every student is completely unique, so my methods cater to each individual learning style. I would love to teach you, but more importantly get to know you as a person and a musician so I can create a learning environment that will be fun, fresh and beneficial to you as a musician.
It is hard for me to write out one method because I try to cater my lesson plan to the student. Generally speaking, however, for younger children, I really try to nail down the fundamentals of music. Good technique, reading music and basic music theory are skills that need to be developed at a young age in order to make things easier later on. It's important to create good habits early so that they stick. For adults, I use a heavy emphasis on training the ear and understanding music in "the bigger picture". It's critical to not just see a bunch of notes or chords, but to be able to analyze why those notes/chords fall where they do and what relation they have to each other, and to the song as a whole. The next step is to use that knowledge and apply it to improvisation and composition.
Practice makes permanent. It doesn't always make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect, and therefore I encourage students to always make consistent time to practice and perfect their craft. Consistent practice with good technique and attention to detail is better than hours and hours of lazy, uninspired practice. Therefore, I try to set new challenges each week that are fresh and exciting which encourage active, perfect practice. I want to make sure students are eager to learn, so I employ teaching techniques that make learning fun.
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