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Master Degree: Portland State University
I'm a Portland-Based instructor who focuses on understanding music along-side the instrument. I graduated with my Master's in 2019 from Portland State University with a general music degree, and my undergraduate was focused in performance. I perform regularly under the moniker The Jack Maybe Project, as well as getting a classical duet started soon. I've toured all along the West Coast of the States, and through Utah and Idaho. Other than the projects I lead, I also play in two other bands in the Portland area who gig regularly.
I've been teaching lessons since 2014 when I graduated with my undergraduate, and have focused my efforts on creating a curriculum that focuses on all elements of music while learning the guitar. I've also created a curriculum for a music theory class, and am currently working on music appreciation. I find all of these subjects important when trying to understand music and implement them in my lessons. I currently sub in for Matt Soloman's guitar studio where I have worked as a teacher, and have worked for Ethos Music doing their Urban and Rural Outreach Programs.
I use method books by Hal Leonard and Bryan Johanson to begin with, along with exercises from pumping nylon. Once we get to a point where we can read fairly fluently, we begin repertoire work from Canada's Royal Conservatory. I also use chord charts to begin learning how to play as well, as most students like to learn chords to play pop or folk tunes in the meantime as they're learning the fundamentals. We begin music appreciation from lesson 1, and spend some lesson time listening to excerpts or full pieces and talk about what we've listened to. This begins to broaden the students' horizons and get them to start learning the musical language.
I teach the whole of music in an effort to teach to all learning biases. Kinetic, Visual, and Aural learners will all have something to learn from in my lessons. We have a hands-on learning for music history, appreciation, light theory, and reading/language in order to supplement learning of the instrument. We move slowly through techniques in order to fully understand posture and how to use your body correctly to not form bad habits that might hurt our playing down the line. When we learn repertoire, we also learn about when it was written, and a bit about the composer himself.
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