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2014 : Awarded Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina
2010-2014 : Member of UNC Jazz Combos
2011-2013 : Member of UNC Jazz Big Band
2011-2012 : Member of Charanga Carolina (Traditional Latin Music)
2010-2013 : Member of UNC Guitar Ensemble
I am a fun but hardworking instructor who strives to find the prefect balance between playing music for enjoyment and practicing hard. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, concentration in Jazz Performance, and American Studies, concentration in Jazz Studies. While at UNC Chapel Hill, I played in several groups such as the UNC Jazz Big Band, Charanga Carolina, and the UNC Guitar Ensemble. While my formal studies lie in jazz, I have also played in several rock and funk groups over the past eight years. I love passing on my acquired knowledge as a musician to new and enthusiastic students.
I have been teaching private guitar lessons for the past four years. I have experience working with students of all ages and playing abilities. I have taught lessons in jazz, rock, folk, funk, and more. Six months ago, I worked as a music teacher in Thailand where I taught middle school and high school students. Because I was often teaching students who could not speak any English, I was forced to find new and creative ways to connect with students and inspire them to become better musicians. I believe that I can work with and help students of all ages, backgrounds, and playing abilities.
I am a firm believer in adapting my teaching methods in order fit with each individual student. I think that all students have a genre or playing style that inspires them most, and I strive to find that style and to teach through it. I allow technical exercises and theory to come out of a specific style or genre, because I feel that this is the best way to keep students engaged and interested in the material.
I like to keep the mood lighthearted and fun while I am teaching, so that all students will feel comfortable and play to the best of their abilities. I do, however, believe in the importance of consistent and concentrated practice, and I will always tell a student if I feel that they are not putting enough work into their instrument. Because I know that people have busy schedules, I strive to teach students how to practice efficiently so that they can improve their playing even if they have limited time in the day in which to practice. I believe that the best way to learn music is to find ways to make practicing an instrument a fun and enjoyable endeavor.
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