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Masters of Music, New York University, Jazz Studies Bachelors of Music, University of New Hampshire, Music Performance
2016 - Recorded with two-time Grammy Award Winning guitarist John Scofield
I am a Brooklyn based guitarist, pianist, bassist, composer and educator who loves helping others learn to play music. I have had the opportunity to recorded with people like Grammy Award-winning artist John Scofield, and play with legendary artists such as Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Ari Hoenig, and Peter Bernstein. I am also an experienced educator, having taught guitar lessons professionally since the age of 16. I have taught children and adults, as well as beginning to advanced students and college music majors (Adjunct Instructor, NYU).
I began teaching professionally while I was still high school, and I have taught in a variety of different settings and locations since then. I have taught in music schools, after-school programs and classes, private in-home lessons, and private and group music courses at New York University. I enjoy helping students learn how to successfully play and perform the music that they know and love, while also exposing them to a healthy amount of other material that will help them grow into knowledgeable and technically skilled musicians.
I often try to get my students playing music that they are interested in as soon as possible, which can be music from any genre or style that they are excited about. While playing modern music is a big part of what makes learning an instrument fun and exciting, I also am passionate about getting my students familiar with reading standard notation whenever possible and playing some other genres in order to cultivate a well rounded understanding of the instrument. Lessons are first and foremost catered toward getting students to reach their own individual goals, whatever those may be.
A big part of teaching for me is sharing the excitement and fun that I have playing music with the students that come to me. I believe that if someone is excited about playing music, then practicing never feels like work, but rather exploring, creating, and perfecting something that you love. I am always trying to challenge my students to push themselves to achieve their goals. As with many things in life, some aspects of music might seem challenging at first, but with enough time, energy, and determination they can become effortless.
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