- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
Pleased to make your acquaintance! With humble beginnings it became clear to me at an early age that music and art is a way of being and seeing the world. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in songwriting in 2008 I had scoured the musical world of guitar, singing, songwriting and recording as well as the blues, bluegrass, folk and folk-rock. As a passionate advocate for engendering individuality that I call "the authentic self" and a "student-centered" learning approach which embraces our differences as learners I've been finding unique and creative ways for my students to learn, express, and successfully achieve their goals. I look forward helping you discover and embrace your unique musical self as you embark upon your musical journey!
I specialize in singer-songwriters of all levels from beginner to advanced. Focusing on vocal instruction, strengthening and exercises as well as considering an accompanying instrument's rhythmic and melodic contribution creates an effective and harmonious step by step process to songwriting. Additional insight such as lyric writing or theory may also enhance a further understanding to the inner workings of songwriting.
Guitar lessons (acoustic, electric, classical, finger-picking) depending upon genre and style center around learning technique, rhythm, scales and melodic improvisation. Having played both electric and acoustic guitar for over 20 years in styles such as blues, finger-picking blues, slide blues, folk, pop, bluegrass, alternative, rock and classical I'm more than happy to cultivate a program fixated on both rhythm and melodic structure. Whether you're looking to write lead parts, improvise, solo, or hold down a steady rhythm a curriculum based off of a typical lesson book with be accompanied with individualized material.
Vocal lessons (alternative, R & B, blues, folk, and pop) center around a structured warm-up routine to build vocal cord strength, endurance and efficiency. Learning line-by-line phrases from your favorite artists, dissecting runs and riffs enhance the world and knowledge of one of the most versatile instruments, the voice!
Piano lessons follow an active regiment of a standard lesson book and additional material picked by both student and teacher. From Mozart to Birdy to Micheal Nyman the wide world of piano has much to offer!
Banjo lessons also with a book is accompanied by the students interests whether it be old time traditional music and reels to contemporary banjo players like Bela Fleck of Noam Pikelney.
Ukulele lessons focus on both a book and favorite songs, strumming patterns, and finger-picking. From traditional pieces such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow to contemporary pieces by 21 Pilots the knowledge of chords and melody structure enhance the versatility of this instrument.
For younger students:
Being a dad and having had many many younger students I relate and work well with children understanding their unique sense of self and also range of attention. I find incorporating games, favorite melodies, and other creative studies along with a lesson book makes for a productive fun experience.
For older students:
This is a great opportunity to work one-on-one brainstorming a goal to enhance the students lesson. Whether it be learning your favorite strumming song and a simple vocal accompaniment around the fire with friends to singing in church or at an event I have worked as a professional musician since 2006 and can offer an individualized lesson program plus some helpful pointers about performance, practice routine, etc.
Performs throughout the US at colleges, universities, coffeehouses, fairs, festivals and art galleries as a solo singer-songwriter and lecturer on diversity topics.