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Bachelor Degree: University of Notre Dame
Hi there! My name is Noah... I am a super easy-going guy, and I teach because I love to share my genuine passion for music! First and foremost in my life, I have always been an artist and performer. My earliest memories are of me singing along and rocking out to my parents record collection. Later on, I taught myself guitar when I was 17. I addition to guitar and vocals I now also write my own lyrics, compose my own music, and produce my own songs. If you're interested in learning how to create your own melodies, record them professionally, work on a "mix", and release them to the public (or not) that is something I can help you with as well! One of my proudest accomplishments was writing, composing, playing, producing, and finally releasing my first single in December of 2020. I share this not because I necessarily want recognition for my art, but because I truly believe that music is something that comes from the heart and that everyone (yes, EVERYONE) has it within their ability to tap into this inner reservoir of creativity. There is something truly special about the pure enjoyment one experiences when you are finally able to play your favorite song, create your own melodies on the spot, and freely express yourself through the creation of music. Full disclosure, I never received a formal degree in music. Like I mentioned, I took the road less travelled and decided to teach myself guitar when I was 17 years old. No one was forcing me to practice my scales. There was no penalty for "failing" a class. I simply LOVED music and so I dedicated as much of my free time as possible to learning and then mastering my instrument. My goal as your instructor is to help you discover and tap this creative potential within yourself, while making the learning process fun and engaging along the way. I hope we have an opportunity to work together! Cheers, -Noah
In all, I have five years of teaching experience. I am able to teach students of all ages (children to seniors), though my favorite age range to teach is teenagers and young adults. I especially enjoy teaching beginner and intermediate students. My methods as an instructor are entirely derived from my personal experience. I teach what I know, and never anything I don't. As I mentioned in my bio, I taught MYSELF how to play my instrument. My interaction with instructors was limited at best. This is important for one specific reason: I picked up A TON of bad habits. I had no one to show me the way - the right way, that is. I did the best with the information I had available to me. Finally, once my playing ability plateaued, it became obvious how limiting my bad playing habits had become. I had to UN-learn all of the habits and RE-learn how to do things the right way. So why does this matter FOR YOU? It matters because if you decide to learn with me, my desire for you is to get you up to speed and having fun with your instrument AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. You don't need to spend hours a day for years and years until you can play your first song. All you have to do are apply a few simple techniques and apply them the RIGHT way. I can't tell you how many of my students come to me with an eager desire to advance their performance ability yet are completely frustrated when their progress is slow at best or often times completely stagnant. We always return back to the basics - executing even the simplest of things with the best technique... teaching the mind and body to reconnect these concepts and soon their playing begins to flourish. I can only teach this because I KNOW what its like to be frustrated, stuck, and want to give up on your hobby or passion. But it doesn't have to be that way! You can learn and learn FAST, when you apply the techniques the RIGHT way.
Each and every student receives custom lesson plans, because every individual has different needs, goals and learning styles. That said, in every case there are still fundamental concepts which must taught in order to ensure the best possible foundation for future learning, growth, and success. With all beginning to intermediate level guitar students, I typically start with Musicians Institute Guitar Fretboard workbook (2nd edition). Voice students will typically begin with foundational Sol-Feg exercises, and other methods such as Alexander technique. I also always cover whatever popular music pieces the student is interested in at the time and incorporate the theoretical learning into the practical application of playing and singing their favorite songs.
Nothing could be more rewarding than witnessing the "AHA!" moment when a concept, technique, or skill once beyond the student's ability finally sticks! In order to reach these kind of breakthroughs, I see it as critically important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. Because of this important factor, I am very relaxed and easy-going teacher but I also give firm encourage to the student by setting realistic goals at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student's desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
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