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AA, McHenry County College, Music/English, Class of 2015
BA, Berklee College of Music, Music Business/Composition, Class of 2020 (est. May 2020)
Dean's List (3.6 GPA +), Berklee College of Music, Winter 2018
Dean's List (3.6 GPA +), Berklee College of Music, Spring 2018
Dean's List (3.6 GPA +), Berklee College of Music, Fall 2018
Dean's List (3.6 GPA +), Berklee College of Music, Winter 2019
Dean's List (3.6 GPA +), Berklee College of Music, Spring 2019
I'm a lifelong musician, songwriter, and performer, and my primary goal is to share the joy of music with the world in whatever way it'll let me. I've been performing and writing for bands since 2009, and it hasn't disappointed me once. Currently I'm on the tail end of my BA at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where I've been studying music business, composition, and theory since 2016. When I'm not working or studying, you'll find me touring the country and writing songs with my band, Kayak Jones.
Teaching has been a part of my family since before I was born. It began with my grandmother teaching each of her children to play piano, and now they all play different instruments and family Christmas celebrations have a more orchestral feel to them. My mother began teaching elementary and high school music and choir when I was 11 years old, and now she's set to retire in two years. Through her inspiration I began teaching guitar to young kids (ages 6-10) around three years ago. I admittedly don't have as long of a professional teaching tenure as others, because I'm a student myself and my life is insanely busy. But because I'm a student, I know what I want to learn, and I know what I've learned that I can show to others. All of the curriculum is fresh in my mind. Perhaps it'll work to my benefit, and I appreciate any of you giving me a chance to show you what I know. Happy to share it all.
I personally really enjoy the Hal Leonard series of method books for guitar and bass. I find them comprehensive, but not bloated, and very easy to understand without being dumbed down at all. I plan to use the Guitar Method and Bass Method books, both Complete Edition (comprised of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced method books), in combination with the Hal Leonard Music Theory book, which is aimed at stringed instruments. This will be the basis of my book-sourced material, but I'll also combine real world knowledge and help the student through whatever songs or structures they're personally interested in that may not be covered in the book materials.
I highly encourage each student to progress at their own pace, and as weeks pass and they've got a few lessons under their belt, I'd plan to tailor my teaching style (in terms of pacing) to fit where each individual student is at. I'm also a firm believer in positive reinforcement, so I'll make it clear to students when they're doing a good job, because I think that'll only fuel them to keep doing better and better. At the same time, if I notice something that's lacking in what I've shown them, I'll help them pick it apart and improve what needs improving.
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