"Music is the best!" --Frank Zappa
That is the only thing I can claim to know for certain.
My ideals as a teacher are sound control, fun, and community. I teach all of my students how to play their instrument in a manner which they understand and enjoy. I demonstrate how much fun music can be once my student has the facility to create sound freely. And I inspire them to use this gift for bringing people closer together.
Since beginning my musical studies at California State University Northridge, I have been working as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Now over a decade later, I continue to perform and teach - enjoying the whole ride wherever it takes me. While my primary instruments are Contrabass and Electric Bass Guitar, I have technical know how on a wide variety of instruments. Some of these include the violin, guitar, and piano.
I'm also happy to teach students who already have technical facility are interested in learning about things like musicality, melodic phrasing, harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, ear training, reading in various clefs, improvisation, and much more.
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I can bring whatever I need to a lesson, but I expect all of my students to take the initiative to have all necessary equipment for playing. That being said, if a problem ever arises in the procuring of this equipment, I am always happy to help in anyway that I can.
Since joining the rock'n'roll comedy troupe Lost Moon Radio in late 2009, I have had the privilege to perform with them hundreds of times in various capacities. Through my experience with them I have learned things like entertaining an audience that doesn't know what to expect, music directing on the fly, and making a low budget production seem marvelously put together! Also, how to work with actors and comedians... not something they teach you in music school ;)
I have been working regular gigs, teaching lessons, tutoring students, and composing/arranging music since I was in college. In fact, once I was good enough, my freelance work and scholarships paid my way though college. It's been a blast and I have much to share with interested students.
While I was officially a strings coach - working with basses, violins, violas, and cellos - I worked with all sections of the orchestra. This included the brass and woodwinds sections. I also conducted on days that the music director is unavailable and wrote arrangements for the orchestra.
Toddle Tunes® is a multi-award winning music program for babies & toddlers that uses live music & real instruments to enrich your child's brain development. As a former employee and current friend, I can tell you this is the best place in town for kids, babies, and parents to enjoy and learn about music. While working here, I learned to play countless instruments.