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I have loved music ever since I was a child. I grew up in a musical family, and starting taking drum lessons when I was 7. I was luckily enough to know even as a child that music was what I wanted to spend my life doing. I attended a charter middle and high school in Western Massachusetts dedicated to the performing arts, which provided me with a lot of early experience playing music with other people and honing my craft. It was during that time that I started playing guitar and piano as well. I attended Berklee College Of Music in Boston from 2014-2017, and graduated with a degree in Performance and Music Production. After graduating, I have been an active member of the LA music scene. This includes doing recording sessions for other people's music, writing and recording my own music, gigging, and of course, teaching!
I started teaching in 2018, soon after moving to LA a few weeks after I graduated from Berklee College Of Music. I started out teaching at music schools, and would often have up to 30 students in a week. I would have weekly lessons with my students, prepare them for their annual recitals, and communicate with parents after their child's progress. More recently I have been teaching in-person lessons at my student's houses, as well as doing virtual lessons, which has been a incredibly rewarding experience. My students are pretty evenly split between drum-set and guitar.
My methods depend on both the age of the student and the experience. For example, for a beginner student who's a child I have them start working out of one or two beginner books that I like. Once they have a bit of a foundation, I start working on songs with them. Often it's a song of my choosing, but I always am always up for learning a song of my student's choosing (depending on how difficult it is of course). There's few better ways to keep a student motivated then having them learn something they love! For adult students, I am primarily focused on what they are interested in, and go from there! Their skill level, what they want to get out of the lessons, and what kind of music what they want to learn all help guide my instruction.
One of my strengths as a teacher is being able to adapt to wide variety of learning styles and skill levels. I don't teach all my students the exactly same way, because not all students learn in the same way. I am all about creating a fun, positive learning environment. I am proud of the fact that many of my students I have today I have had since I started teaching, and I think a big part of that is the relaxed but productive learning environment I strive to create. Learning an instrument is challenging and takes time and patience to get good at, which is why it is so important as a teacher to be equal parts clear, patient, and encouraging.
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