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High School Diploma Some college - music education major Tech school - LMT
2016 - Released Mellify's "A Human Experience, Part 1" cd 2014 - 2016 Performed weekly at Star Island Resort 2007 - Released Matthew Sax "Calling Out" cd
My entire life, I have been dedicated to the study of music. From my early childhood education to present day gigs and songwriting, music has always been a centerpiece of my life. I have performed all around the world and am incredibly grateful for the learning experiences I have been blessed with. Around age 11 was when I first played the saxophone in jazz band, and when we started learning about chord progressions and improvising, that's what really cemented my love and study of music. Now, I share this passion with my students and strive to awaken their passion, as my teachers inspired me.
I began teaching music lessons at Lewis Music in downtown Kissimmee, Florida in 2004. In the years that have followed I have had students from 5-90 years old and from every background imaginable. Each student is unique so I have learned to adapt to each students goals and preferences. I am happy to teach songwriting, digital music production, and music theory to my most advanced students, and it fills me with joy to hear the songs they write or perform! I teach reading sheet music, learning your instrument, listening, and focus to all students.
For kids I find that having a large quantity of music to learn at each level gives more variety and sense of achievement, so I usually recommend beginning students have multiple books to aid in learning. For example a young piano student will study from lesson, theory, performance, and technique books each week. This yields a well-rounded student who is proud of their achievements and eager to move forward. For adults I recommend a lesson/theory combination book at least to help with reading music. All students will receive ear training and rhythm training. Vocal students also study reading music as well as training their voice in Mix.
I do my best to be a relaxed, grounded teacher who reminds the student to relax and enjoy the process of making music. I do listening exercises, clapping, counting, reciting the letters of the notes with their voice, and demonstrate the songs they are learning to each student. Each lesson is a celebration of music in a carefree environment filled with song and smiles. I always find something I like in each performance. Music can be different than written, but never wrong. Differences actually enable the teaching in the first place, so how could different equal wrong?
A competent well rounded teacher that has made my late years musical experience first class.
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