Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
I teach all styles and levels of guitar. I have taught for over 20 years including college courses, Montessori primary, and with special needs clients. Though I have a degree in Classic Guitar from CSU, Northridge, I consider myself primarily a songwriter and improviser. I released a fingerstyle record, 12 stone row, in 1999. I also played bass in The Language for 2 years in Indianapolis. In the last few years, I've been mastering pickstyle and developing guitar learning systems.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I started playing guitar as a teenager with the help of tab to get me started. I realized quickly that tabs were really lacking in something and I then began to learn by ear. Since then, I've picked a few more instruments and some music theory.
I started and fell into daily practice and learning from everything. I played the music I wanted to and the music I loved. During that time, I picked up what I needed to understand music including common chord progressions and song forms.
I firmly believe the the first few months of playing an instrument are absolutely critical. I want my students to find their passion for their playing so they have the energy to pick up their instrument everyday.
My goal is to help you play music that you love and throw in the technical knowledge while you build a habit for music that will last a lifetime!
Piano, Basic Math, Elementary Math, English, Music Performance, Music Theory, Reading, Songwriting
My experience as a pianist began when I was 8 years old, learning first by ear, then embarking on formal lessons with the classics, particularly enjoying ragtime for its jovial and exciting attitude which kept me deeply interested and determined to keep learning new materials. I use my experience in beginning lessons as a reference point for my lesson plans with my students. I dedicate my time towards learning each individual's strengths and encouraging a lesson plan that incorporates the fundamentals of applied music theory and tailored repertoire which aims to keep the art of growing musically fun and expressive. My current students have found success with me individually learning piano, applied music theory, jazz improvisation and composition, contemporary composition, and songwriting as well as collaborative techniques.
Educational background includes undergraduate work at Harold-Washington College in Chicago, IUPUI, Butler University, and most recently, University of Indianapolis, where I continue piano studies with Dr. Richard Ratliff. Former piano teachers include Dr. Kate Boyd, Eugenio Urritia-Borlando, and Dr. Mary Humm. Compositional studies have included such teachers as Dr. Michael Schelle and currently Dr. John Berners.
Performance background includes most recently successful tours of Michael Schelle's solo piano masterpiece "Straight, No Lithium", where I have performed at University of Indianapolis' Ruth Lilly Hall, Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, Butler University's Edison-Duckwall Recital Hall, and Symphony Space in New York, New York, where I performed the U.S. premiere of the piece summer of 2012. Professional reviews by New York Times' Allan Kozin and the Indianapolis Star's Jay Harvey have lauded performances as "energetic, introspective, eccentric, brash, and assertive" and played with "astonishing vigor and panache...a delightful result." I remain in demand as as a pianist with such groups such as jazz bands/combos and university orchestras including the Butler Symphony Orchestra where I have worked on film music with Hollywood composer Christopher Young. I have been commissioned to perform premiers and other works by such contemporary composers such as the world-renowned Elliot Schwartz, Michael Schelle, Shane Monds, Brice Johnson, and Michael Henson. Side projects include work with local groups such as Fountain Square's Pravada and other experimental projects throughout the Murphy Art Building.
Through my experience and my passion for helping others reach their goals, my lesson environment is all at once personalized, progressive, rewarding, entertaining, and fun! Together, my students and I find inspiration, develop unique creativity, and conquer the techniques which are essential to becoming a great musician!
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