Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trumpet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Latin Percussion
Teaching Methods: No matter where the student starts from, I always spend a significant amount of time in the first lesson discussing with them what they want to gain, what they are interested in, and how much time and effort they want to put into this endevor. It is important to me to understand the student so that I can cater to their needs and desires, and hopefully encourage them to continue playing music. From there, we will evaluate which books, songs, and styles to teach so that the student will get the most out of each lesson.
Teaching Styles: Each and every student will respond differently to instruction, and I am proud to say that I am extremely adaptable. I want to make sure that I am communicating with each individual in a way that they will understand and be successful with, because the student is the most important variable. I use a wide variety of pop culture, classical influence, and I make sure to provide my students with opportunities to challenge themselves and grow in many ways, including encouraging them to participate in live performaces, competitions, and composition.
For beginners my method is to simply get them over the initial hurdles that challenge all newcomers to the guitar. For intermediate and advanced players I can take them to a level of discipline and musicianship they have never experienced outside of an academic setting with a world-class teacher/performer.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar
First and foremost - It has to be FUN! Often times, that's a cliche' statement. But it's true. If you're not having fun or digging the groove, it's going to make learning your instrument very difficult. As far as an average lesson, we'll be learning in a fun, relaxed and informative interaction. We'll take the lessons at any comfortable pace or level that suits you, we'll play together, share some music with each other, and hey! We might even learn a little something or two!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
I have been teaching private lesson on and off since I was in college. I have taken the last few years off to complete my graduate education and begin my formal teaching career. I believe that encouraging my students to find fun in practice by choosing music that keeps the students interested. This means taking music from both the classical and popular repertoires.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone
My teaching experience began in high school, working with elementary and middle school students. It's there that I discovered my passion for helping others discover music. In my first full-time position, I was able to to lead the Greenland (AR) High School band to the ASBOA Sweepstakes Award, the highest honor for a school band in that state. Many of my students were selected to honor bands and several received college scholarships. More recently, I founded the Festival Chorus at Dove Science Academy in Tulsa, OK and I am now the Musical Director for First United Methodist Church of Tacoma.
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