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Rafael M In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Drums, Bass Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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Rafael M In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Drums, Bass Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BM, Berklee College of Music, Performance

Awards:

2015 - Berklee College of Music Achievement Scholarship

Overview:

My love for music started when I was 13 and I started playing drums. I soon got in a band and was enlisted by default as the bass player. I fell in love with the instrument and dedicated my life to becoming a professional musician. When I was 18 I moved to Boston to pursue a degree at Berklee College of Music where I graduated in 2017. Throughout the years I have had extensive performing and recording experience, having toured all over the US and Italy and recorded a few albums along the way. I am passionate about music education as I see I the impact it has in people's lives everywhere I go.

EXPERIENCE

In my experience as a teacher, I have worked on a personal level with my students encouraging regular practice. It's important to get to know the student and keep track of their evolution. I notice that the students who advance the most are the ones who experience playing with other people. Possibly one of the best ways to learn music is being in a band. I encourage my students to have projects like this because it helps them understand quickly what music is all about. Music is about communication and connecting with other people, and that is also the best way to learn.

METHODS USED

For most students, it is important to see where they are musically, regardless of the level, and craft a lesson plan to help them achieve their goals. There will be a balance between musical concepts and repertoire. The deeper we go in learning the song and learning the recording, the more the student will benefit. For young children I focus on learning the instrument, the fundamentals of sound, pitch and chords and keeping it fun and engaging with songs they like. Theory I can teach music theory, harmony and reading in any level. These skills are tremendously helpful and necessary if the student is serious about music, but totally optional for the hobby musician. Audition prep I know a lot about most auditions in the country and what the academic world of music looks for. I can help you prepare for your college/ conservatory audition working on necessary skills and repertoire. Group Lesssons If you'd like to take lessons with your friend or your sibling, that is also an option. If you play different instruments, even better. I can teach band lessons and help students become better communicators through their instrument, as playing with other people is the most important aspect of learning music and what shows the most results.

LESSON STYLE

I'm an enthusiastic and patient teacher who focuses on the student's need. No two lessons are ever the same. In our first lesson we will talk about where you are at and see where you want to get with your instrument. No matter what level you are on, or how serious you want to take it, we can craft a lesson plan that is perfect for you. I like to emphasize musicality over technicality, and we learn these things through examining the songs we love the most. I find it most effective when there is a balance of the study of the instrument and learning repertoire.

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