A short history of my experience with music and education:Learned guitar in 2001. Guitarist at FBC of Midway in Plant City, FL from 2001 to 2005. Taught private music lessons from 2003 to present. Bassist of Anastasis from 2003 to 2005. Guitarist of Family Worship Center in Lakeland, FL from 2006 to 2012. Began freelance audio engineering and recording from 2006 to present. Bassist of Skyline from 2007 to 2009. Taught music and trained student led worship team at Hope Christian Academy from 2009-2010. Began playing independently from 2009 to present, guitarist and lead vocalist of A Story Familiar from 2010 to 2012. Taught utilizing my English degree in Polk County from 2010 to 2012. Moved to Aurora, CO to help plant Livingstone Church and volunteer as a guitarist in late 2012. Hired as Worship Director for Livingstone Church upon arriving from my honeymoon in January 2013.As for me personally, I love Jesus, my wife, and music. As I'm sure you can tell by my brief history, I do a lot of church service and ministry, if for this for any reason makes you wary, let me assure you: I play a lot more than just church music. As a lover of music, there is not much that I don't enjoy in the world of music, and I've taught most of it. I've taught the young and the not-so-young, and whether you're just beginning to read music, or you're just eager to learn your favorite song, I work closely with you to ensure you achieve the results you desire!
*** Lesson Details ***
Four things I focus on:Creating individualized lesson plans, learning new techniques and polishing old ones, building confidence Having a fun, rockin' time!When taking lessons from me, students can expect an environment that is a balance between being strict and laid back.Music is something that must be learned, and as such, it must also be practiced week-to-week in between lessons. I consider myself strict because I'll hold you accountable to doing your best to learn the best. Despite holding you accountable, I think the overall mood of the learning environment is laid back; we'll have a lot of fun learning music. Everyone's different, and I make sure that we'll be learning at your pace, but keep in mind, this doesn't mean I won't push you to be your best! My teaching experience has taught me one thing: everyone is different. That being the case, I create lesson plans that are unique to you. Where you will be in a month, six months, a year, largely depends on your commitment to learn, but I'll promise you this: all of my efforts will be utilized to maximize your potentiality.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide the following equipment for in-studio lessons:Guitar amplifier. Bass amplifier on request Computer Recording equipment. Pleas note: I do NOT provide acoustic drums in the studio-I only have a small electronic kit; that being the case, I only teach drums on an acoustic kit for in-home lessons with students who have their own acoustic drum kit.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the following when traveling for in-home lessons:ComputerFor in-home lessons, I expect students to have whatever equipment is necessary for learning their instrument of interest.
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Praise/Worship, Indie