BM, Berklee College of Music, Professional Music
2014 Blues Music Award Nominee for “Best New Artist”
2013 Boston Music Award Nominee for “Best New Artist”
2013 Jimi Award Nominee for “Best Debut Album”
2013 #12 on The Alternate Root’s “Top 20 Bands in Boston Right Now"
2012 Won the International Blues Challenge, Boston, MA & competed in Memphis, TN
I am a guitar, banjo, and ukulele player who has been teaching and performing music for the past 17+ years. I am a graduate of the Berklee College of music. The music styles which I am most passionate about are the blues, classic rock, pop, funk, and country. I have had the opportuninty to perform with several bands from the MA area, and we have gone on to perform thoughout the eastern United States. I have been influenced by artists such as B.B. King, Steve Cropper, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, and many others.
I started teaching back in my early college days, which has been over 10 years. I started doing house lessons, as well as teaching at a music school in Beverly called the Fabulous School of Music. I have taught students that range in age from 5 to 70+, and with experience from beginner to advanced. While I primarily teach the guitar, I also teach the banjo and ukulele. Some of my past students have also gone on to continue their music education as well as start careers in music.
For beginning students who are children, I usually start with the Hal Leonard and FJH young beginner guitar method series book for guitar and ukulele. As soon as they can, I try to move them on to learning and strumming songs that they like. For more advanced guitar students, I also teaching reading and theory out of the Mel Bay guitar book series. For banjo students, I teach out of the Hal Lenoard Banjo Method book.
My teaching style changes a bit depending on the student's age and experience. I find it very important to tailor the lessons to help reach the student's goals. With a lot of students I have found much success in teaching with song examples and forms. Rhythm and groove are topics that I stress while learning and playing songs as well.