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BFA, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Guitar Performance Certificate, Montgomery College, Jazz Guitar Performance
2011 - The New School Merit Scholarship
I help students make the guitar a part of their life, teaching them to play with individuality and creativity. Taught privately in the Washington DC area for 3 years before moving to NYC to earn my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Guitar. I am young but very knowledgeable and I have a knack for teaching. I gigged regularly in the DC and NYC areas and have been doing a lot of shows,festivals, private parties, receptions, weddings, and business events. i have made recordings in studios and I am very musically active. I am extremely passionate, and I live to play, learn, and of course teach the guitar.
I began teaching in the washington DC metropolitan area for 3 years before moving to New York City. during my time teaching i realised that I loved teaching people of all ages and skill levels how to play and love music. My experience teaching has showed me that students want to learn music that they are passionate about, so i take my time to develop a plan for students to follow in order to slowly and surely reach their goals. Also, I pass on my students an appreciation for playing music that they will have for the rest of their lives.
I love playing guitar and YOU will too! The guitar is a fantastic instrument and is so much fun to play. I incorporate musical fun into my lesson as much as I can because I want students to learn how to "play" music not "work" music. I have learned from many great musicians that music is driven by passion and should be enjoyable to the performer and this is felt by the audience. Teaching and learning is similar. I enjoy teaching so much and my students always have a smile on their face after the lesson.
Slow and steady WINS the race! Learning music is not a race, but this lesson is true when learning music. I am able to work with students to help them improve by identifying and isolating problems in their playing. I can create simple exercises for the student to slowly and surely become closer to the guitarist they wish to be. I am very flexible and prioritize the students need over everything else. But with everything I teach, I am able to relate back to theory. I show students how to practice effectively to build their chops. And I of course I can instruct the students how to read and write music, with proper technique. I also have an educated background with Theory and Ear Training, all of which I pass on to all my students. I care very much about my students and love to see them excel!
Thomas is very happy with his classes with Marvin.
Marvin is the shit.
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