AA Musicians Institute, Hollywood CA. - An emphasis in Jazz, Blues, Songwriting, and Performing.
- Awarded the Musicianship Scholarship from Musicians Institute; hundreds applied, two won for outstanding musicianship. - Auditioned to be a Weekly performer at Universal Studios and got it. I perform original songs and covers for 4-hour blocks, maintaining a local and national fan-base. - Scouted for the Voice and America's Got Talent.
I've been teaching music in Los Angeles for 7 years! Upon arriving, I began studying guitar and everything else music at Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. It's here that I studied with a few jazz aficionados, perfected blues technique, studied chord theory and all inner workings of a song and it's structure, and more! Most importantly, I learned how to be a musician and artist. I began writing music, performing my songs and interacting with people all over the city. It has been a fast and fulfilling adventure, and it shows no sign of slowing down!
I have an advanced level of experience in the following, Jazz, Chord Melody, Blues, Melodic Soloing, Harmony and Chord Theory, Ear Training, Fret Board understanding, and Songwriting. Most of this was honed while attending Musicians Institute. I was teaching on the side, but most of my time was spent writing, getting on stage, and growing within the industry. And that continues today. Today my living is built from teaching and working as a performing singer-songwriter throughout the city. The world of music is certainly a lifestyle I've lived for years now.
The student and I will begin to develop a relationship right away. Trust and communication are key. We'll see where the student stands in his or her current playing. They will usually play for a minute or so and talk out loud about their feelings on their playing. This will include thoughts like where he or she starts to get bored, gets stuck, wants to explore more, has trouble, etc. It is here where my curriculum starts. I start taking notes, and with the student will begin discussing particular paths that lead to desirable destinations; destinations the student is trying to communication where they'd like to end up in their playing. And then we're off! My curriculum is designed for the student, and essentially by the student. You learn what you want!
My lessons are fun and interactive! A light-hearted approach to learning an instrument is very important. Especially considering the difficulty a stringed instrument can bring; it's very easy to become discouraged when met with a difficult instrument, in a lousy-not-fun lesson, with a grumpy instructor. I work to keep the air light and flexible. By flexible, I mean to say that if at any point my student feels disgruntled, then we adjust. It's all about the student. I also include plenty of side work to practice while the week goes by. This ensures movement forward while I'm not there, and a ready brain for when I arrive next.