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Bachelor Degree: University of Northern Colorado
2017 - Co Founded Sonic Harvest New Music Ensemble
I am a composer/guitarist from Greeley with a passion for teaching any who would like to learn more about music. I’ve had the opportunity to perform in from of multiple different audiences, from a performance of my symphonic writing to playing in guitar quartets and different bands. In 2019, I graduated with a degree in Musical Composition, so I have an extensive background in music theory and how to apply it to playing an instrument. I’ve been playing guitar for about 16 years now and going strong, so I can give solid advice on playing at any level.
My teaching experience goes all the way back to when I was in high school. I was teaching my peers outside of school, giving them lessons, helping them with music theory, etc., and I have helped more than one of them go on to music school with me. I’ve been teaching guitar lessons on their own for 10 years, starting by teaching beginners and working my way up to more advanced teaching about 5 years ago. I’ve been teaching music theory for 6 years now, and can apply it even to instrumental lessons to give a better understanding of the music that is to be played, and also can be used to help the students create their own music, which is the most satisfying feeling.
My methods really depend on the level of the student. For beginners, I tend to stick to basics by teaching them chords, scales, and basic music theory; by using music that they would like to learn how to play. To aid with the learning of basic music theory, I might have the students learn some older music, just as a chance to analyze it, but nothing more than that unless of course they would like to. As the students get into more advanced levels, I try to focus more on technique and more advanced music theory, because the basics are more known. No matter the level of student, every single lesson is going to be engaging, and the student will feel like they learned something when they come out of it.
It is important to me that each student learns at their own pace when I teach. I don’t want to force things upon students that they aren’t ready for, or don’t want to do. Because of this, most of my curriculum is based around music of the students choosing, so they keep engaged and wanting to keep learning. Through this, I will teach the theory aspect of the music they are learning to help give a better understanding of why things work the way that they do, and the why the way they sound that way. No matter the skill level, I make sure that the student completely understands the topic that is being discussed before moving on, because that is the best way to nurture learning, and assure that each student is making it out with the knowledge they came for.
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