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BA, Berklee College of Music, Music Business
Growing up in Switzerland, I discovered my passion for music. After moving to Boston for music school, I graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music, equipping me with a profound understanding of the music industry and an in depth understanding of music theory. I then decided Boston was not the city for me and moved to Chicago in 2016 playing for a number of bands and teaching private lessons. I eventually joined the 90s coverband Fool House in early 2017, who playing over 150 shows a year all over the midwest.
I have taught students as a private instructor and private tutor for the past 7 years, with students as young as 7 and as old as 40, I have developed the ability to adapt and cater my lessons to a variety of different scenarios. I primarily find myself teaching guitar, but am equally capable in teaching bass guitar and music theory. As a working Bassist and Guitarist, on top of music theory, I can teach a variety of styles including but not limited to jazz, rock, punk, funk, R&B, country, and metal.
My teaching style obviously is contingent on the level and interests of the student I am paired with. When it comes to guitar and bass, it depends mostly on whether the student is interested in learning songs, or becoming a well rounded musician. If songs is the main goal, we'll start with the easiest levels of the styles the student is interested in and work our way forward, focusing on timing and rhythm at first. However, if being a well rounded musician is the goal, then we will also try to learn songs, but introduce the theory and methods of achieving the styles of music the student is interested in. I try to sprinkle a little theory into everything, though, because theory is important, and fun!
For me, the most important thing is that the student and I have fun together. If the student is not having fun, I am also not having fun. It does not matter the age of the student, if anyone in general sees a lesson as a chore, it is doomed to fail. So, my main focus is that I am able to cater my lessons to the interests of the student, making sure that they are engaged and entertained the whole time. To do this is not actually very difficult, it simply requires an upbeat attitude and teaching around music the student likes. I like all music, so I am happy to focus the lesson around any style or song.
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