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I am a classic depressed musician. I also believe that mental health is something that is not talked about in our pop culture enough. Music has helped me through a lot of tough times and struggles. I work to bring more attention to mental health and suicide awareness with my solo project Mr. Nobody, I do all the instruments for my project and it has been quite the learning experience for myself. While I only am confident in teaching guitar and bass, I do know how to play and record most others in some proficiency.
My teaching began in high school, where friends and friends of friends would hear that I played and ask me to teach them. Back then I did it for free because I had no idea that you could even charge people for that! After teaching on and off for years and years I found that helping people find their passion and get them to the point where they dreamed of is one of the more rewarding things in life. I think that the creativity is the most important part of teaching music. Teaching creativity is impossible, but helping to drive a person into the right mindset and the tools to create what they hear in their heads is not.
My methods are not standard, I believe in teaching technical sides of an instrument and the creative sides. For younger students I will teach them the basics of chords and progressions, eventually leading to write their first songs. For young adults and adults I want to have them learn chords, styles, and the uses of their instruments. Creativity will always be the most important thing to hone. Finding inspiration through practice and jamming with a friend or even a teacher is something I want to teach.
Listening to the goals or having the student create goals is a very important first step towards a successful student. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. I am a kind and understanding teacher, pressuring students to reach goals on a time line isn't something that I feel would be productive. Creative teaching and exploring the entire musical world is a life long journey, so no need to rush it, but learning the tools to navigate your way through is something that can be invaluable.
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