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Bachelor's of Music Education Aug 2011 - May 2014 VanderCook College of Music
Dec 2013 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia FraternityI am now an Alumni member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 6 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.
VanderCook College of Music is solely committed to music education. I received incredible training in all aspect of music education. I not only learned about teaching, but I was also actively involved in band, choir, orchestra, and guitar ensemble. My experience with guitar dates even further back. I have been playing and studying the guitar for the past 7 years. I play many styles, but focus on modern fingerpicking and classical music.
For beginning students I use very little of a method book. I find it that is important that one learns to make a good sound and has fun with the instrument in the early phases. During this time I cover chords, basic finger and pick technique, proper posture, lead sheets, and blues improvisation. I then transition into Charles Duncan's "A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar." This book provided a solid foundation of the ability to read written sheet music. After this book, I transition the student to written sheet music repertoire. Intermediate and advanced students will work on proper technique, many styles of repertoire, music theory, and improvisation.
Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons; Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique. Fingerpicking playing style Ability to read written sheet music Ability to read and count rhythm Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies. And most importantly, musicianship and having fun.
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