I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.
Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.
My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.
And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both in-person and online.
I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!
*** Lesson Details ***
It's most important to me that you are excited and motivated about your music lessons! I am a flexible instructor and am always open to hearing your ideas for songs. After working together to identify your beginning knowledge of music and your instrument, we'll progress from song to song to develop your musical abilities.
We'll begin your lessons by warming up with a quick exercise, scale, or even an improvisational activity. We'll use the music you love to develop your guitar technique, learn new chords, and sharpen your listening skills.
You'll gain an understanding of what makes the music work and why the notes, rhythms, and harmonies are what they are.
The music we study can also serve as inspiration for creativity. I may ask you to come to the next class with a short composition of your own or we'll finish a lesson by improvising together on related musical themes.
I'll do my best to make my expectations for you clear and at the end of every lesson, we'll go over what we accomplished together and make sure you understand what to work on before our next class.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with seating for parents, stands. I will have my own instruments present as well. I do not have amplifiers in my studio but do have cables and a tuner. Please note that I have two cats; they'll be in an enclosed room away from where we will have lessons, but if you have cat allergies this may not be a good fit.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide an instrument of his/her own to play during the lesson and I will bring my own instrument as well to each lesson. In the case of bass guitar or electric guitar, I expect my student to provide an amplifier. I can provide cables if necessary. I also will bring a tuner.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, orchestral, pop, rock