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AA (INDEPENDENT STUDIES – MUSIC PERFORMANCE) • 2011 • DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLEGE AA (PARALEGAL STUDIES) • 2013 • DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLEGE BA (LAW) • 2015 • LIBERTY UNIVERSITY JURIS MASTERS (MA IN LAW) • 2018 • REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Audition, and subsequent first-round selection, as pianist for the United States Navy Jazz Band. 2007 Bass Guitar Player for off-Broadway production of “Fame” 2010 Upright Bass Player for off-Broadway production of “Kiss Me Kate” 2011 Synth/Keyboard player for off-Broadway production of “23rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” 2012 Invitation [with band] to immediately play with Nelly Furtado in Russia as her back-up band. Pianist/Accompanist for Community College Broadway Equity Fights Aids show case. 2012
I am an accomplished self-taught musician. I am classically trained in Piano, which made teaching myself guitar, bass, organ, and keyboards (multiples at once) that much easier, and then I took lesson in each to sharpen the skills. I am also experienced in arranging, recording, and mastering thus I bring a unique expertise in blend and improvisation. I am seeking a teaching position where my focus is assisting others in learning and/or honing a craft as opposed to my focus being on locating clientele or promoting myself.
I am accomplished in sight-reading, ear training, improvisation, performing, transposing, designing, tuning, engineering, mixing, mastering, and trouble shooting in varied settings. I am a veteran. Most of my teaching experience is not music related, however I have given bass and piano lessons before. There are many similarities between music and anti-terrorism practices. Both require practice. Both require repetition. Both require vigilance and attention to detail. As such I feel I am qualified to assist students in establishing good practice habits.
I am a firm believer in not re-inventing the wheel. I don't use my own lesson plans. I meet with students to see what they know and what they want to learn, and then use books, YouTube videos or tutorials to teach - learn with- students. A typical curriculum for me first learning the chromatic scale, then the major two octave scale. Then the minor two octave scale, then basic major and minor chords. From there we can work on song structure, chords changes, variations, substitutions, and improvisation.
I believe that you never stop learning. Even when you are teaching. Thus I am not the teacher to show up without my own equipment and sit quietly while on plays what I gave them the week before. Everything will be done together. Iron sharpens iron. Goals will be realistic but challenging. Each session will include a review of everything else that's been worked on.
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