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Certified with Berklee School of Music - West Virginia University Bachelors Degree.
Presently working on an MBA degree with a master's in marketing.
I have been teaching in Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, cruise ships, and Kazakstan.
I have performed on the Las Vegas strip starting in 2000.
Certificate Berkeley school of music, bachelors degree West Virginia versus
I enjoy motivating students who enjoy performing and learning the different aspects of music and the music international business. In 2007, I graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree along with certification from Berklee School of Music. Performing all over the world has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play on the Las Vegas Strip for eight years, as well as touring the world as a solo piano player/singer in five-star hotels.
My teaching experience dates back to after my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 40 years ago, and have been teaching students world-wide for the last 40 years. Encouraging creative ways to achieve one's goals is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student enjoy their progress. I've also have a unique way of teaching a student because each student is different. I like to work on students composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to get creative
My methods of teaching are not standard practice. Because of my international experience as an entertainer and teacher worldwide. I look to discover students unique attributes regarding their Music level of knowledge. I then taylor my instructions to fit their comfort zone and ease of learning. For example when it comes to piano I don’t teach traditional classical style only the basics. I prefer to determine what the student wants to accomplish and start from there current level of expertise. This make it more fun. From there we build a foundation for them to access different elements of music to apply to their creation. If they can sing then we can combine the two in our development process. If they are singers is only then we have to determine what type of voice they have and the range that they can see in, and choose material that fits their comfort zone. If the student wants to be a performer on stage then we have to work on certain stage techniques, for example how to use a microphone or how to work with a mic stand or how to use the stage and work with the audience. I have study photo techniques with Barbra Streisand’s vocal coach in New York, who was Martin Lawrence. And I have studied vocal techniques in California with Michael Jackson’s vocal coach, who was Seth Rigs.
I approach teaching on a person to person level by getting to know and understand what is required of me. I create a program exclusively for each student that fits their comfort zone. I enjoy doing the videos they make for me to critique. So with the use of video sharing there is documentation so the student can refer back to them in the future. Teaching online is different than teaching person to person. So videos play in important part in the growth process for the student. Without the videos the student tends to forget the areas of concern that were discussed during the session. Music is supposed to be fun however it’s a step-by-step process that should not be pressured. It should be enjoyed so when it’s time to perform the enjoyment is shared with the audience.
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