- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- May 1990
I've been surrounded by music literally my entire life - both of my parents were professional classical violinists, and my first word was "gig." Before taking up guitar, I'd studied piano and cello; as I focused more on guitar, that also led to interests in electronic music, recording production and engineering, and composition. I went on to obtain a BFA in guitar performance, and have been actively playing, writing, recording, and teaching for many years.
For beginning students, I combine basic playing technique with a solid foundation in musical fundamentals, including standard notation, rhythmic reading, and (when useful) tablature. For more advanced students, my specialty is in applying a number of core concepts (including theory, ear training, and technique) to a wide range of musical styles. I'll typically use examples from rock, jazz, and blues as ways of "connecting the dots" between core music concepts and their real-world application.
*** Lesson Details ***
My approach as a teacher is based around two main concepts: teaching the fundamental building blocks behind all types of music, and finding ways of using a student's specific interests as a means towards learning those core concepts. Depending on the age, experience, and interest of a student, I have a variety of method books I often employ. But I always encourage students to talk about their own musical interests - favorite songs, artists, albums - and to bring in specific examples of music they're interested in playing.
It's important that lessons be as fun as possible, and I strive to maintain a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. At the same time, any musical study requires significant time spent practicing outside of lessons, and I'm always working with my students to make sure they're putting in the necessary time - and to find the most efficient and rewarding ways of using that time.
*** Studio Equipment ***
mom and pop music store w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring small, portable amplifier, though electric students should have one of their own, obviously.
*** Specialties ***
Fluent in rock, blues, jazz, contemporary classical, avant-garde, world music (Indian classical), electronic.