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BM, Eastman School of Music, Classical Guitar Performance Currently studying at San Francisco Conservatory for Master's of Classical Guitar Performance
1st Prize - Great Lakes International Guitar Competition 2017 2nd Prize - Eastman Concerto Competition
I started and loved to play the guitar since when I was 12 years old. I started out by self teaching myself how to play the style called "Finger-Style" on the steel string acoustic guitar and posted videos of myself playing this style on the instrument on YouTube. I was able to progress fast by posting videos consistently, and I had collected a big following as well. After a few years, my interest and love had grown for the classical nylon strung guitar and I continued to pursue it in a collegiate level. I was able to quickly pickup the classical guitar as well, and had won a few competitions as well. I am currently studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of world-renowned Judicael Perroy. Ultimately, I would like to continue on to teach at a collegiate level as well.
I started to teach during my studies at Eastman. With the help of my YouTube channel, I was able to have the opportunity to teach fans who had wanted to learn with me. Since these fans were all around the world, I had to teach them with the use of Skype. Then and there, I had started to teach fans of all ages online. I also had the opportunity to teach guitar to locals of my hometown in Texas where I met up with people of all ages and taught one on one private lessons. I had taught all of these people both the genres of modern finger-style and classical guitar as well.
My teaching method for complete beginners is to take examples from method books such as the Aaron Shearer method book, and apply it so that the student can become accustomed to using their fingers to pluck and frets strings. After they get a sense of how to use their hands on the instrument, I would automatically start teaching pieces. I believe that pieces are the most practical way to learn an instrument because first, playing pieces is the goal that we want to achieve in the first place and second, I believe that all of the techniques that are needed when playing an instrument are all included in pieces. Not only will this help them technically, but playing pieces are much more enjoyable than playing scales or exercises, therefore it will motivate a student to want to practice as well.
I believe that every student is different, whether it is their anatomy and how there body fits the instrument, or the amount of talent that one possesses. Therefore, my teaching style is to make entirely customized lessons for a certain student. As I mentioned in my methods, I would make the student play pieces, but I will pick them based on what I believe would improve what the student lacks in, such as certain techniques. I believe that teaching in this particular way would allow the student to become a more well-rounded guitarist.
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