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I have loved performing and writing on the guitar as early as 16 years old. Being self taught from 16 to 20 years old, led me to join a band in my hometown of New Jersey. This first group taught me how to listen to each other’s instrument and to serve the song, as we had a vocalist.
I then took time to study with a incredible guitarist named Ted Velykis. Ted still owns his teaching studio located in Collingswood, New Jersey. Under his teaching was where I learned to figure out songs by ear and learned music theory.
In my late 20s I move to the city of Philadelphia where I played lead guitar in a four piece rock band, and learned how to be a working musician. Soon I developed “on the job training”, and understood how to be a performer on stage and knowing how to lay back while the vocalist sang.
After many years of performing, dynamics and a strong sense of rhythm are a big part of my guitar playing. As a matter of fact, I developed a love of drumming concurrently with guitar playing. I guess I love rhythm! Currently I play solo gigs, open mics and play improv with other musicians.
I am a friendly and approachable musician with over twenty years performing solo and with groups in South Jersey and Philadelphia.
I first started teaching a couple of years ago to a high schooler on guitar. Not only was it thrilling to see her confidence and attention span expand build, but we were both having fun! Since then, I always have the student in mind, first and foremost. Providing great service is what I'm after. I have taught guitar to a young teenager all the way up to 40 + years old and everywhere in between!
I have been performing actively and want to teach through Musika, and give the highest quality guitar instruction with added value to all.
I have a practical, clear, hands-on and fun approach to learning the guitar. Whether learning folk songs to play around a campfire, preparing to perform in a group, writing your own songs, or just to learn how to read music and understand music theory, I am the teacher for you!
I have studied Music Performance at Community College of Philadelphia with Guitarist Anthony Ferrara and also I am a member of The Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance (PASA) and The Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS).
I usually teach from Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method for preteens and young teens at a beginner level. These instruction books are structured from Book 1 to Book 6.
As for older teens, young adults and adults, I usually teach from the acclaimed method book: Hal Leonard’s Music Guitar Method. These books are structured from Volume 1 through Volume 3.
Although I use these books, it is not the end all be all. I like to find out what music the student likes, what they also want to learn and if they would like to maybe come up with their own ideas and suggestions. I also believe that free play, or jamming, is important as well. I will always encourage imagination, free thinking, new ideas and most of all, fun!
My style of teaching is straightforward, fun, focused and also enthusiastic with many years of real life experience behind it. I love teaching in general, and to combine that with something so creative and expressive, is a dream come true!
What gets me excited and sustains my passion for teaching is when there are challenges and the student breaks through them and gains knowledge, confidence and hopefully some “life tools” they can bring out into the world. Sticking with something, following through and commitment to the end goal is something I hope stays with the student, no matter what achievements they accomplish.
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