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-AA, Musicians Institute, Music Performance
-Certificate of Completion, Recording Workshop, Audio Engineering
2010 - Honor Roll, Lakeland Community College
I'm a performer/instructor residing in Los Angeles,CA. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where I founded the band Synasis with my brother. We played several local shows, as well as opening for national touring artists. While living in Ohio I also attended The Recording Workshop, where I studied audio engineering in both analog and digital applications. Before leaving for LA, I studied music theory and liberal arts at Lakeland Community College. I also studied voice, piano, and guitar at the nearby Fine Arts Association. Since moving to LA, I've completed an AA in Music Performance at The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, as well as performing with a diverse mix of bands around the city.
I've been teaching guitar for the past 10 years, and more recently bass, ukulele, piano/keys, voice, percussion and studio recording as well. I have taught students ranging from child to adult, as well as working for two years as a caretaker with mentally challenged and special needs individuals. Being a teacher involves much more than just following curriculum out of a book. Each student has their unique way of absorbing information, and we should always remain sensitive to that. My aim is to identify what makes music exciting to the student and ultimately, in turn help them create music that will excite them as well.
The first step is to identify what's holding their attention. What is it about music that has made them want to learn? Not everybody has the same goal or vision, and that is a good thing. Nevertheless, even musicians who swear to be self-taught end up incorporating theory and harmony into their compositions. I feel like I can toggle my mind back to when I was 14 trying to hash out some Metallica songs to now having studied jazz music and classical harmony. It's important to respect musical tradition, but also give the customer (student or parent) what they want to learn. I feel that I can be very flexible in this regard.
My teaching style is straightforward and practical, always emphasizing the goals of each student specifically. The benefits of reading and understanding sheet music as it relates to your instrument far outweigh those of simple tablature used for guitar and banjo etc. However, in some cases it is practical to use non-traditional forms of instruction, and it's perfectly fine. A good teachers goal is to help the student advance, even if it doesn't happen in a pre-conceptualized fashion. I'm confident in my ability to cater my skills in each students direction.
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