Bachelor Degree: Brown University
2020 - Brown University Ron Nelson Prize Recipient
2020 - Senior Capstone Project: Monochord
Hi there! Teaching guitar is my passion. Having played guitar for almost 20 years (!), I'm eager to pass along what I've learned and push students to develop their own love for the instrument. I started playing guitar when I was 7 years old, taking private lessons with my older brother (the local music school had a 2 for 1 deal!). After several years, my brother decided it wasn't for him, but I had fallen completely in love with guitar and music in general. I haven't looked back since! After graduating high school, I attended Brown University and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. In addition to teaching, I've played in bands, worked in live sound, I continue to work as an audio engineer, and all around enjoy music!
Throughout high school and college, I worked at summer camps and tutoring programs, working with children and teenagers, doing everything from counseling to arts & crafts, to hiking and music lessons. I've always enjoyed working with kids, watching their interests and passions grow. I've taught private guitar lessons for 1 year now, doing both virtual and in-person lessons. Recently, I've decided to devote more time to teaching. Guitar and music have meant so much to me and have given me such a powerful outlet. I now wish to pass that knowledge and enjoyment on to students.
I prefer an individualized, tailored teaching method. Your passion and interest should inspire your learning. I see my job as then taking that passion and working to grow and develop it through specifically designed lessons and practice routines, personalized to you as the student. I strongly believe the most important aspect of learning is fostering a love for your instrument. Utilizing my strong background in theory and performance, I focus on various elements of instrumentation and technique combined with a foundation in theory to produce well-rounded, capable musicians.
I am a patient and mild-mannered teacher. I take great pride in fostering in students a lifelong enjoyment for music. Self-confidence and self-motivation are my priority for students and I strive to nurture that every single lesson. I continuously praise accomplishments and recognize when students overcome challenges. Students mirror their teachers and when I am patient and kind to students, they are patient and kind to themselves. Learning an instrument is hard work and takes patience and dedication; harshness and hostility only work against a students ability to push themselves and grow. As a teacher, I aim to be the students biggest cheerleader, their biggest fan.