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BS, Florida Southern College, Sociology
Male Resident Advisor of the Year, 2012-2013
My interest in guitar started in 2000 when I was in the fourth grade. I can still remember that day in music class when the teacher was showing us different kinds of instruments. Holding the guitar somehow felt right and interesting to me. I started taking guitar lessons, but within a couple of years of that, I was starting to find that I didn’t really need the lessons to learn how to play songs because I was picking them up on my own. I learned that I had perfect pitch and that I could know exact notes and chords just by hearing them. This combined with my knowledge of how to play the guitar meant I have been able to learn many songs without the aid of outside instruction.
It became a known fact when I was in college that I was a guitar player, and many people admired my skill. Some of my fellow Florida Southern Moccasins went so far as to request teaching straight from myself. I personally enjoy listening to and playing a wide variety of different kinds of music. From 60s classic rock to modern pop music, Stevie Ray Vaughan to Cage the Elephant, and even showtunes and Hip-Hop/Rap grooves, I hope to have something to offer to everyone. I try to play both music that is familiar to most, as well as more obscure stuff one might not expect to hear on the guitar but still sounds good with my own twist added to it.
Every student is unique when it comes to interests, pre-existing skill and knowledge, learning styles, what they hope to gain from lessons, and physical attributes such as hand and finger size that factor into how that person will play. It is my hope to get to know each individual and for me to assess and adapt to unique needs and goals. I have a lengthy list of different songs I cover and can teach, or if a student is interested in learning how to play something different or write their own music, I can assist with that as well. One of my main methods when it comes to learning how to play a song is Sound Studio, which is a sound editing computer application. It has helpful tools such as changing pitch and tempo (independently of one another), selecting, cutting, looping, changing volume, adding effects, and may other functions. I would highly recommend this application or something comparable to students trying to learn songs and I can teach how to use it.
Most of my education and experience working with students comes from a background of counseling and social sciences. I try to approach teaching music and guitar in a similar way to how I would approach any other kind of teaching, and attribute my unique background and skillset to make my lessons effective for a diverse range of students. Sometimes it may take me more time than is provided within one lesson to, for example, listen to and figure out how to play and teach a song that is new to me to a student is interested in learning it, so patience is appreciated. Somewhere within my 15 or so years of experience should exist the knowledge needed to figure out many different kinds of songs.
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