- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- April 2004
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Aaron is a Boston based composer and guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory teacher. He has composed orchestral and large ensemble works, many diverse chamber works, and music for dance. His works have been performed across the United States by various ensembles including ALEA III, IronWorks Percussion Duo, Zodiac Trio, DMC clarinet and percussion duo, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Diagenesis Duo, Transient Canvas, Chamber Cartel, BPeG, and by many other performers. He has received commissions by DMC Duo, Matt Sharrock, Diagenesis Duo, Open Theatre Project, Chamber Cartel, and by the aerial dance troupe, Air Dance Bernasconi. He was a finalist in the 2011 ALEA III International Composition Competition, awarded second place for the 2011 Ironworks Percussion Duo contest in Long Beach, CA, and is a member of Equilibrium Concert Series. As a guitarist, he has performed many different kinds of music in solo and group situations over the past twenty years. He has been giving private guitar and theory lessons for over ten years and currently teaches at Boston Music Center and Dedham School of Music.
Aaron holds a BM in Composition from Towson University and an MM in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. He studied classical, flamenco, and jazz guitar, and music theory privately with Maurice Arenas from 2000-2005, and classical guitar with Troy King from 2005-2007. He studied composition and improvisation with Dave Ballou, and composition with William Kleinsasser, Jan Swafford, and Marti Epstein.
I understand that the success of my students strongly depends on my thorough presentation and organization of materials, accompanied by a high level of clarity. I put forth my full effort when teaching in any situation to make sure that I clearly provide the students with all of the information and materials that they need in order to get the most out of their education. I also understand that the students will only do as well as they choose to, so I aim to encourage their enthusiasm and make their hard work fun and rewarding. When working with young children, I try to make it as fun as possible for them, while maintaining a focused curriculum.
*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor lessons to each individual student. That being said, I do have a few standard books that I use to teach the basic elements of music as it relates to guitar. You will not only learn shapes and fingerings, but what it is you are actually playing and how it is constructed. I like to keep humor and a laid back attitude, while maintaining a focused curriculum. Learning any instrument is hard and rewarding work, including guitar. I expect my students to practice and make progress, as they should expect me to give them my best as a teacher and guide them through their progress.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Seating for parents, books for sale, and everything necessary to hold the lesson. All that you need to bring is a student, a guitar, and a willingness to learn.
*** Specialties ***
Classical, Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and Folk guitar, electric bass, ukulele, Music Theory, and Composition (I am a composer)
I love working with Aaron! He is great at helping me learn what is important while also making the learning fun. I have had other teachers where it seems like everything is just an exercise and is boring, but he seems to know how to balance it all. I definitely recommend him as a teacher!