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A.A, Carroll Community College, Music Arts and Sciences
Ottobar's Battle of the Bands winning band, Dead Yeti
I began playing guitar when I was 12 years old and ever since, my passion towards music has developed into an extraordinary lifestyle. I quickly moved on to drums, sings, and any other instrument I could get my hands on. Over the years, I've acquired quite the selection as it contains guitars (electric, classical, acoustic), bass guitars, drums, keyboards, a banjo, ukulele, mandolin, glockenspiel, and a didgeridoo. My experience has allowed me to play and perform in a number of bands over a wide variety of genres including classic rock, pop punk, heavy metal, surf rock, dance pop, jazz metal, acoustic indie, black metal, experimental metal, pop metal, progressive metal, and classical.
My teaching began with helping a few friends and family members in 2011. I really enjoyed watching others succeed with my methods and advice so I decided to expand and see where it takes me. I believe I have a lot to offer as I've had the please of teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced students anywhere from ages 12 to 43. It's important to me that I take my students' abilities as far as they can go which is why every lesson I teach is carefully and thoroughly planned for extraordinary results.
As I was once a struggling student, I know there are far fewer right ways to learn than there are wrong. My methods for a beginner student are to introduce simple finger and open chord exercises to help their hands adjust to their new exciting instrument. With intermediate students, I typically start introducing the concepts of music theory as well as the more challenging exercises and techniques necessary to allow them to advance to the next level. For advanced students, assuming they have some basic knowledge of music theory, I'll equip them with the remaining concepts and techniques they'll need to develop into a well rounded musician.
In my first two years of being a guitar student, I spent a lot of wasted time and money having lessons on how to play the songs I listened to, and nothing more. Now as a teacher, I make a strong effort to avoid this teaching style as it is not deemed effective or time worthy in my eyes. I want my students to be everything they can be, so I am always sure the student understands what it is they are playing. When applying the concepts of music theory, a student not only understands their instrument, but now is able to understand the idea of many instruments coming together to create one sound. Having this knowledge is a beautiful gift, and I hope to share it with as many willing students as possible.
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