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Bachleor of Arts in Music, Salisbury University, Traditional Track - Double Bass
Music is one of the greatest gifts and skills a person can posses. I have been studying music my entire life, beginning when I was 3 years old. I started taking piano lessons in which I learned how to read music and learned my scales and modes at a very young age. At age 13 I was gifted my first bass guitar. I immediately started taking lessons for a few months before studying independently on my own. In 2009 I graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During my time at Salisbury I studied classical music on Double Bass as well as Jazz on Bass Guitar. After applying to and being accepted into several different graduate programs, I decided at the time I would rather continue my studies outside of a university setting. I have since studies with several great bassists including John Fremgen and Ed Friedland. I play in several different groups currently and have been playing shows all over the country. I am very open minded when it comes to music and will play any and every genre possible. I love teaching music and watching my students grow and learn.
I have been teaching music off and on since college. It originally started with a few friends who asked if I could help show them some scales and such, and then grew from there. More important than anything to me is that the student is there by choice and really wants to learn. Practicing and playing music never seems like work to me, it is always fun, and I try to make it that way for my students also. I always encourage my students to get out and play with other people, especially people who are better than them. If a student doesn't get excited about coming to a lesson or picking up their insturment, then I am doing something wrong.
For beginning students I like to start with proper technique and basic music theory such as reading music and key signatures. Once the student is comfortable with the instrument we will begin to work or more advance techniques and music theory. I use various instructional books depending on the students level and interest in order to teach them theory and keep them interested and enjoying learning. For adults, I like to find out what their goals with music are, whether it is just a hobby, or something they plan on doing professionally and how in depth they are looking to learn, and then guide my instruction accordingly.
Playing music is a passion of mine and always makes me happy. Therefore, there is nothing I enjoy more than seeing a student who has been working hard on learning something accomplish their goals and improve. I encourage all students to practice as much as possible. There is no way to improv without practice. In order to keep them interested and make it not seem like they are practicing, I like to assign songs for the student to learn that incorporate the skills we are working on. Students seem to be more interested and enjoy it more if they are learning a song rather than just a technique or skill. By learning about the students musical interests, I find ways to relate them to what we are learning. Any style of music can be used to teach any technique or skill.
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