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Studied voice and vocal performance under Bill Graham director of the NC. boys choir
Studied Jazz and Classical guitar under master teacher Michael Kovitz in Raleigh NC.
Studied voice under professional opera singer Katherine Poseman in Raleigh NC.
Toured nationally as a vocalist beginning age 9
Toured regionally and nationally as a performing songwriter for over twelve years
wrote arranged and recorded over forty original compositions
Band Leader, Solo performer, Vocalist, Recording artist, Touring songwriter
I have been in love with music since I was a very young child. I was studying and performing singing and piano by the time I was five. I toured as a second soprano with the North Carolina Boys Choir for almost four years starting at age nine. I began teaching myself guitar at age fourteen. I was playing semi professionally as a performing songwriter when I studied guitar under master teacher Michael Kovitz in Raleigh NC. I have toured as solo performing songwriter, singer, and guitarist for twelve years.
Music has held a major position in my life since I was very young. I began composing music before I was in school. I began taking piano lessons when I was four years old. I studied voice and was trained by professional choir director Bill Graham for several years. I played trumpet in middle school and was first chair. I toured nationally with the NC boys choir. I picked up guitar at age fourteen and began teaching myself. I travelled the U.S. for four years on my own performing both original songs as well as many other songs from various genres. At the age of thirty I was composing and performing original music professionally. I then went and studied voice and guitar from the best teachers available. I toured regionally and nationally full time for twelve years before landing in Denver.
I teach harmony, rhythm, technique, melody, and basic sight reading by a two fold approach. First is to really feel into the music. This means learning to listen deeply with curiosity, intention, respect, and joy bringing the meaning of play into every aspect of learning. The second part is to begin with the basics of music theory by grounding fully into the fundamentals. Learning to work in forms that may seem like an alien language at first but when systematically approached with patience, dedication, and a spirit of playfulness and fun will open up and begin to reveal paths into learning and understanding that will greatly increase ones ability to engage in all musical forms.
My love of teaching is such that every time I am able to work with a student who genuinely wants to learn and has in themselves chosen to engage in the forms of music, I am transported to the position of student and learner as well. The fundamental forms in music are not something to be passed and discarded but forms that can be returned to at different times in your life and reveal more to the learner each time. I approach teaching with a systematic and rhythmic approach. First we want to nurture and nourish the creative and playful elements that draw one to want to learn while we incorporate the fundamentals of theory, technique, etc. into that fun and build upon a foundation that will give the practitioner the tools to communicate in and understand musical terms and will also broaden the scope of the learner's musical vision which broadens the scope of ones entire being and awareness.
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