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BA, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Music Education and Performance
2018 - Great American Song Contest Finalist 2018 - Uncommon Ground Open Mic Competition 1st place winner (Chicago, IL) 2017 - White Rose Coffee House Songwriter Competition 1st place winner (Lynn, MA)
I've been playing music for 13 years now. I started on drums but quickly became excited about the guitar and songwriting, and am now an award winning multi-instrumentalist and singer. In addition to frequently performing around Chicago, I'm a passionate instructor and love to share what I've learned from my B.A. in Music and real-world experiences. I moved to Chicago from Boston about a year ago and have immersed myself into the scene here as a solo artist as well as part of a band, so I'm looking forward to meeting new students and having fun lessons!
I've played music for over half my life now, and guitar has shaped my life for the better in ways I've never thought possible. Throughout that time, I've taught lessons on and off for the past 7 years. I have always enjoyed teaching, and passing on my knowledge and hopefully my passion for playing the guitar and songwriting has always been a wonderful experience.
One of my favorite things about teaching is that when I dissect every element of my playing to be able to teach it to someone else, by the time I've shown someone else a new technique, I've found that my own playing improves. I also love seeing a student progress from when they show me a song that they're excited about learning, then come back the next week with a sense of pride and accomplishment because they've not only learned it, but also naturally acquired important new techniques in a fun way. I look forward to meeting new students, and I'm excited to teach and to learn!
First and foremost, I want music to be fun for my students. I want them to know that all of their favorite songs by their favorite artists can be played by implementing the correct techniques and fundamentals. I try to instill the importance of scales and progressions, and how that connects into learning their favorite songs or even writing their own original material. No matter where you would like to go musically, we all need to know the basics to get us there. If my student is a complete beginner, we'll work through the basics until we are playing songs together; if the student has already grasped the fundamentals, I will guide them through continuous improvement. There is so much to learn and discover so my main focus is to be able to keep our lessons fun and engaging.
Notebooks! I'm a big believer in writing things down so before your lesson, don't only bring your guitar but also a notebook to write down what we learned, and what you should practice before our next lesson. It is vital that students have a physical reminder of our lessons and the techniques we covered, because in my experience, I've found this really helps with not only learning but retaining the information we go over. Nothing makes me happier seeing a student do something they weren't able to the week before. It also helps me find out what you are passionate about musically so I can better tailor the lessons for you and maximize your learning and enjoyment.
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