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Fullerton College School for Music and Performing Arts - emphasis on classical guitar. California State University at Fullerton - degree in communications and music
Music has been an integral part of my life since I was old enough to learn how to turn on the radio. While through the years I have developed an appreciation for all styles of music, my personal playing style revolves around classical, pop, rock, jazz, and blue-grass. I have played in educational and amateur groups since college and started playing professionally about 20 years ago. I feel that the final step in any musician's development is to learn to play in a group. To listen and react off of the other players is a true test of one's musicianship.
I first started learning the guitar in high school. I found I had an affinity for the instrument so I continued to study classical guitar and piano in college. I first started giving lessons my junior year in college and have continued to teach ever since. I am also currently the music director for the Yorba Linda United Methodist Church in Yorba Linda California. My responsibilities there include: Arranging and directing music for both services and outreach/charitable activities, and providing one-on-one instruction for player/vocalist development. In addition, I am also a performance level musician, playing in a couple of local rock/pop groups.
For the beginner we start of with fundamental chord and note structure but I feel it is important to progress into applying these fundamentals to actually playing music as quickly as possible. Over the first few lessons I will learn what types of music the student is most interested in and will blend the lessons to include both what the student wants to learn with what the student needs to learn to become well rounded guitar player and musician. Along with playing technique there will be instruction on notes and notation, and rudimentary musical theory.
My primary goal is to fill the student with the love of guitar and the passion to continue and grow. This is accomplished by continuing to challenge the student while keeping the process as interesting and fun as possible. I encourage the student to choose songs they want to work on rather than my dictating the music. This keeps it fun and interesting, and sometimes presents a challenge for me if their tastes are a little eclectic. Early on, playing together or playing with a rhythm track will help the student to start integrating the specific lesson techniques into a music structure.
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