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BA, Fordham University, Economics
2017/18 - President, Fordham Ramblers (A Capella) 2018 - Awarded for Excellence in Performance Arts, Fordham University Guitarist & vocalist for NYC-based Indie group "Stello", Bassist for NYC Blues group "Rabbit's Foot" 2014 - Performed with Fairfield Prep Jazzuits at Jazz at Lincoln Center
I'm a recent college graduate with a lot of energy and an affinity for teaching others about music. I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and have a very open schedule with most weekdays & nights free. My only obligations are usually on Friday and Saturday nights, as I'm playing shows most weekends.
I grew up in a non-musical family, but discovered a passion for it at a young age and never ceased making that passion a lifestyle for myself. I began in my school orchestras, jazz bands and vocal ensembles. Eventually growing into more lucrative personal projects, I am currently in 3 bands performing roles as a bassist, guitarist and vocalist.
I have a background in teaching guitar, electric bass and vocal lessons and am certain that I could be an asset to helping you improve. In my Sophomore year at Fordham University, I began holding 1-on-1 sessions for teaching lessons with friends & acquaintances who were interested in learning guitar & electric bass. It began as a small practice between me and my close friends, and slowly grew into a small personal enterprise, instructing as many as 8-10 students. As the President & Assistant Musical Director of the Fordham Ramblers, Fordham's premiere acapella group, I was often in charge of leading vocal exercises and teaching proper vocal technique on both the individual and group level. This gave me valuable experience in leading group sessions as well as 1-on-1 sessions of music teaching.
My teaching methods are entirely dependent on the level of the student, so I can optimize the way they learn given the skills they already know. With children or beginners, I would ideally start off by teaching the proper technique for the instrument to ensure that the student can go forward learning with the right tools to succeed & improve while not forgetting the basics. After this is completed, I work on learning individual notes & scales, ear training (which I find to be most important for rapid improvement), learning chords, harmony & finally a solo repertoire.
With guitar & bass, I have experience with teaching technique, scales, chords, ability to play with a group and solo ability. among other things. With voice instruction, I can teach proper technique & the important ear training that a vocalist needs to perform with a group or as a soloist. This also involves strict body posture, proper mouth shape and awareness of blend.
I have always valued practicing an instrument in a way which is challenging, yet enjoyable. Therefore, my favorite way to get a student started is by instructing how to play/sing their favorite songs. From there, you have a foundation that the student is enthusiastic about and wants to improve on. Having the learning experience be as personally enjoyable as possible is imperative to creating the desire for a student to continue for years to come. My first music instructors tried to teach me from a book full of music that I was unfamiliar with & found quite boring, and my musical path & improvement never truly accelerated until I found out how to play music that I love.
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