I am experienced with all ages from 5 - adult and have been teaching lessons for ~8 years. I began as a volunteer in High School and built a larger private base of students while in college. I have played lead guitarist/singer/songwriter roles in several rock bands, as well as participated in award winning ensembles of all varieties (Jazz Bands, Wind Symphonies, Marching Band, Symphonic Band). Despite a background rich in performance, teaching is my foremost skill and profession. In addition to lessons, I've taught in the classroom setting. I was the first Popular Music and Jazz Major to graduate from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music. Currently, I'm completing my Master's Degree at Hunter College in Manhattan in Music Education while maintaining a flexible schedule as to accommodate new students.
*** Lesson Details ***
I maintain a fun, understanding, patient, and straightforward approach built to help you play what you want, while building essential techniques and skills using music of your choosing. I also tutor music theory, composition, and/or songwriting, and upon request, will bring those skill sets into the lesson curriculum. I prefer to come to you, but am willing to host and have before. I will produce additional references and a resume upon request. Within three to six months you can expect noticeable improvement and a solid base of knowledge and essential skills, achieved through the music you love.
*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano; 2 amplifiers; keyboard; stereo; electric and acoustic guitars; USB Condenser Mic, Garageband and Logic Studio on a 24" iMac OS X Leopard
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instrument, tuner, cables, etc. I expect my students to have the same, and be willing to purchase a few basic materials (book for lesson entries, one other instructional book). I'm a minimalist when it comes to materials. I am always willing to consult you on instruments, materials, or anything other query's you may have outside lessons, via phone or e-mail.
*** Specialties ***
As par my degree, I am especially knowledgeable regarding popular music, rock and roll, and jazz. I've had many students perform, as well as write their own music and gain a solid knowledge of beginner music theory. That said, my education was comprehensive, as is the knowledge I try to pass on.