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Bachelor Degree: Berklee College of Music
I’m an easygoing yet disciplined teacher, and there is nothing I love more than the learning process. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance and Music Business. I have cut my teeth performing in wedding bands, event groups, and supporting myself as an independent artist. Real life experience has been my greatest teacher; having had the opppurtunity to discover music with my peers, and instructors has been a huge part of my success. I look very much forward to sharing my love of music with you, and helping you to discover your voice on your instrument.
I first began teaching privately at age 15 when a wealth of younger and older students at my high school took interest in learning how to play the guitar, and write songs. I believe the only way to truly improve is to practice, and to enjoy the process. Learning music is like learning a language, so it is a process of repetition and study. That, however, does not mean it can’t be fun! I always find that when a student is learning a song/piece that they truly love, they happily invest time into outside practice. It is my job as a teacher and music curator to find the sound in my students head, and bring out the music inside them!
For younger students I like to start at the beginning; how to properly hold the instrument, how to tune the instrument, the layout of the fretboard (scales), a healthy repertoire of level appropriate music, etc. As students advance, however, I will introduce Theoretical concepts (Ear Training, Harmony, Modes, etc.) and a more detailed repertoire of music that the student is fervent about learning. I like to encourage my students to compose pieces, and write songs. Music, at the end of the day, is about expressing yourself and bringing joy to those around you. I believe all instrumentalists/vocalists/musicians are also songwriters, so bringing out a students creativity is my goal. It is my job to give students, both young and old, the tools they need to be creative.
The most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is helping a student truly develop their love for music. It is fundamental that students ask questions, and take their time to learn the material. Music is not a race, it’s a lifestyle. The goals set for my students are realistic and fair, but I do expect my students to challenge themselves and practice outside of class. I find practice outside of class is where the majority of growth is found. I, as a teacher, am here to guide and inspire my students, in order for them to unlock their potential.
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