Christopher Bell
Nashville, TN
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Christopher Bell

Christopher B.

Nashville, TN
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Beginner, Intermediate
I started teaching myself guitar when I was 10. Later, in high-school, my teacher frustrated with my lack of practicing came up with an idea to light a fire under me. They suggested I teach a younger classmate. Not only did I finally start practicing, but I fell in love with teaching as well. Thanks to that, I have played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series, including sharing the stage with members of the 10,000 Maniacs. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.

I have over 6 years of experience teaching private lessons in addition to teaching seminars on songwriting and music business at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and SUNY JCC.

While each student is different, I start them on the Mel Bay or Essential Elements books. From there we will cover a variety of genres from classical, jazz, rock and folk. Students will not only learn technical skills( how to play their instrument, read music, understand theory) but also learn about themselves, develop their own voices in and out of the musical world. Whether your 9 year old child wants to be a rockstar when they grow up, or you've just retired at 65 and want to play heavy metal all ages and goals are welcome.

About Christopher B.

I have over 6 years of experience teaching private lessons in addition to teaching seminars on songwriting and music business at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and SUNY JCC.

I teach both online and in-person lessons at my studio in Nashville and offer 30 and 60 minute lessons.

I have played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series, including sharing the stage with members of the 10,000 Maniacs. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.

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Tina
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Chris is a really awesome teacher. Has a lot of expertise teaching online, and has many tips for cello learning for all ages. I'm in my 40s , picked up the cello again 2 years ago, and with Chris I've become a confident learner of the cello while having a lot of fun! Yay!! Thanks Chris!

Posted Mar 15, 2020
Andrea
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so fun!!!

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Catherine
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Posted Mar 9, 2020
Mindy E.
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Posted Jan 27, 2020
Dawnwea B.
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I like how he is confident in me that he can throw me into new projects for me to learn every time we have a new lesson.

Posted Dec 19, 2019
James T.
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If you are thinking about learning the cello or you have a family member or friend, you WANT THIS TEACHER! Chris is a wonderful, easy-going teacher who will musically meet you where you are, beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Don't pass this opportunity to take lessons with Mr.Bell!

Posted Dec 18, 2019
Dawnwea B.
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He has a lot of patience for first timers.. I really appreciate it, thank you, as always!

Posted Dec 12, 2019
Dawnwea B.
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very thorough in my teachings

Posted Nov 14, 2019
Vinit A.
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Posted Nov 6, 2019
Kate
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Posted Oct 15, 2019
Andrea
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Posted Sep 3, 2019
Avva H.
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Chris is the best!

Posted Aug 14, 2019
James T.
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If you're looking for someone who is PATIENT with an older learner, Chris is your man!

Posted Jul 15, 2019
Kacee Farmer
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Posted Jun 12, 2019
Melissa Sue
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I feel so much more comfortable with the Cello than I did before! I am shocked at how much you can learn on a WebCam. He was very friendly and very informative. I can’t wait for my lesson next week!

Posted May 23, 2019
Zac
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Posted May 14, 2019
Jesselyn D.
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Posted Apr 18, 2019
James T.
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Great guy! Always teaches at instructional level.

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Kate
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Posted Apr 9, 2019
Alexia
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Posted Apr 3, 2019
Jordan
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My grandson son says Chris has a great attitude and flair and is really looking forward to his next lesson! I think they hit it off well with a great student/teacher communication
Thank you Chris! Jordan says see you at the next lesson!!!

Posted Mar 31, 2019
Brian B.
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Just awesome. Very patient, fun, knowledgable, and an exceptional communicator and teacher.

Posted Mar 25, 2019
Svetlana X.
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Posted Feb 24, 2019
William S.
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hes making uch better.me m

Posted Feb 20, 2019
Mike W.
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Excellent! Can’t wait for my next lesson. Chris was informative, humorous and easy going.

Posted Feb 14, 2019
Tina
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So glad I chose Chris as my online music teacher! He's a lot of fun.

Posted Feb 10, 2019
Darcy
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Chris is an excellent teacher - focused both on the big map of where I'd like to travel and also where we are at the moment. He's thoughtful and tuned in to every detail of my playing and form. He's also very positive and an awful lot of fun!

Posted Feb 6, 2019
Dylan
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Great first lesson!

Posted Feb 5, 2019
Jessica
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Posted Feb 5, 2019
Aarushi A.
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Chris is a great instructor and my daughter looks forward to her cello lesson with Chris!

Posted Jan 23, 2019
Carolyn
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Christopher is an excellent teacher! Very knowledgeable, insightful, helpful and enthusiastic about teaching and learning.

Posted Jan 23, 2019
Beth & Syd
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Chris's style of teaching and breadth of musical styles and genre was a breath of fresh air. After 4 years of strictly classical Suzuki method, it was time to try something new to keep my 12 year old daughter interested. She and Chris are currently transposing a Queen song so my daughter can play it on cello. Chris's teaching style is laid back and the lessons are largely directed by the student's interests, which is just what was needed in our case.

Posted Jan 4, 2019
Andrea
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Posted Dec 19, 2018
Ronald C.
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This instructor was uninterested in what I wanted. He would often say whatever you want and then not do it. When I first brought it to his attention that I was unhappy with the lesson is when I should have canceled them. 8 lessons 4 months and only halfway through Suzuki book one is unacceptable. Just a waste of time and money.

Posted Dec 16, 2018
Jessie
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Posted Dec 13, 2018
William S.
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Chris makes learning fun

Posted Dec 13, 2018
James T.
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Posted Dec 5, 2018
Elizabeth
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Posted Nov 28, 2018
Amy
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good teacher

Posted Nov 23, 2018
Karen
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Posted Nov 12, 2018
Amy
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good teaching

Posted Nov 1, 2018
Tyler
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Christopher is a fantastic teacher! He makes everything fun and is great with my son who is just beginning guitar. Highly recommended!

Posted Oct 31, 2018
Scott B.
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This lesson was great. Chris is an excellent teacher, and is giving me just enough of a challenge to keep me interested. I feel I will learn to play the ukulele very well with Chris as my teacher. I look forward to my next lesson.

Posted Oct 22, 2018
Scott B.
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Today was my first lesson with Chris. Things went very well. I'm not new to music, but I'm a complete beginner on the ukulele. Chris is taking that knowledge and putting together a lesson approach that will teach me how to play the ukulele well, and help me to achieve my goals. I look forward to many more productive lessons with Chris as I sense he is a great teacher.

Posted Oct 15, 2018
Brendan S.
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Posted Oct 9, 2018
Zac
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Posted Oct 9, 2018
Lindsay R.
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Very relaxed, but thorough.

Posted Oct 5, 2018
Jessica W.
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Posted Oct 2, 2018
Cathrine
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Posted Sep 21, 2018
Justin G.
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Posted Sep 20, 2018
Kate
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Christopher is a patient, enthusiastic, eloquent teacher. I always look forward to my weekly lesson.

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Ethan
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Chris is very friendly teacher. My son enjoys the lesson w/him.

Posted Sep 9, 2018
Melissa
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We are really happy we found Chris. He is great! Always in a good mood and ready on time. My son is autistic and really needed the right fit for a teacher and we found it.

Posted Sep 1, 2018
Steven Steele
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Only one lesson so far, but I think Chris is going to be a huge asset for my cello skills. Extremely friendly and easy to talk with. Explains techniques and concepts in an easy to understand fashion.

Posted Aug 29, 2018
Rich
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Chris is a great guy and insightful teacher. Lesson was great.

Posted Aug 22, 2018
Garrett
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Posted Jul 25, 2018
Tori
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I've had a great experience!

Posted Jul 5, 2018
Celia C.
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Posted Jun 24, 2018
Barbara
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Today was my first lesson and I left feeling all the more educated and on the road to improvement, as I had hoped. Chris was very friendly, knowledgeable, communicated well, and I felt at ease. I also love his flexibility. All around what i am needing in a teacher.

Posted Jun 10, 2018
Jesselyn D.
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Posted Jun 5, 2018
Laura
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Super friendly and knowledgeable

Posted May 31, 2018
Laura
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Posted May 31, 2018
Kati
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Really great first lesson, can’t wait for more :)

Posted May 23, 2018
Chloe H.
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Posted May 1, 2018
Kate
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Christopher is a wonderful instructor. He is enthusiastic about teaching, patient, and excited to help is students reach their goals.

Posted Apr 24, 2018
Emily
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He is clear and concise, which I appreciated given we only had 30 mins. He included not only how to play, but how to structure practice!

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Sean E.
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great start. looking fwd to working with Chris

Posted Apr 12, 2018
Garrett
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Really helpful! I'm already starting to solo and it's only been 3 weeks!

Posted Apr 9, 2018
Alyssa W.
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Posted Apr 8, 2018
Tina
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Posted Apr 7, 2018
Esther
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Posted Apr 6, 2018
Anastasia
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I'm very grateful to have found a teacher as generous as Chris. Since reviewing is so important in our culture anymore, I always like to get a good sampling before constructing a review. Chris shows consistently that he listens to his students, offers positive critique, and molds his approach to meet the student where they are. Chris makes it easy, fun and relaxing to learn. It isn't hard to gather that Chris is a professional and experienced teacher. I am a very beginner, adult student, and I can appreciate how Chris can teach a spectrum of students at different skill and experience levels. Thanks to Chris for making my hobby to learn an instrument such a dream!

Posted Apr 5, 2018
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Posted Apr 4, 2018
Jessica
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Man of Great Patience, helps those who flounders. Questions o' many, he'll answer in plenty.

Posted Apr 3, 2018
Kiryn L.
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We adore him more with every lesson. He is patient and flexible!

Posted Mar 27, 2018
Zac
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another awesome lesson!

Posted Mar 26, 2018
Denis D.
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Great!

Posted Mar 26, 2018
Elizabeth
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So far so good. After my first lesson I feel like I have learned so much. Chris was fun and informative. He took into account what I wanted and needed to learn and gave me plenty of stuff to work on. I was a little unsure about the online format but with a little tweaking on my end it was fine. Looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Mar 23, 2018
Zac
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great lesson, can't wait for the next one

Posted Mar 21, 2018
Jessica
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Posted Mar 20, 2018
Dani & Kiryn L.
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My daughter is an absolute beginner and was very nervous, but Chris was patient and personable. We learned so much in an hour! She can't wait for her next lesson.

Posted Mar 14, 2018
Kiryn L.
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He was so patient with my absolute beginner!

Posted Mar 13, 2018
Katrina
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Chris has a warm and easy-going personality that makes learning comfortable and easy. He is very patient and kind. Hea the definition of what a good teacher should be.

Posted Mar 13, 2018
Jessica W.
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I've had something like 6 or 8 lessons with Chris so far and he's awesome. If you're not sure what to work on he'll come up with a great "standard" curriculum for you, but if you have particular interests or tastes he tailors your lessons accordingly - which keeps you motivated and makes practicing fun. He's got a huge range and can easily switch between styles if you have diverse interests. He's also cool about letting you decide how much focus you want to put on theory and learning to read music, so you never feel like you're just grinding through anything in order to get to the fun stuff. He's also just a really nice, funny dude so lessons are enjoyable from start to finish. I especially like the games he uses to teach various techniques/sight reading/improving your ear, etc. Really glad I ended up taking lessons with Chris, can't recommend him enough. :-)

Posted Mar 9, 2018
Ashton
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Super professional, helpful, and flexible to what I know and would like to focus on. Chris is great!

Posted Mar 7, 2018
Melinda
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After my first lesson with Chris, I knew I had found the right teacher for me. He's extremely patient and thorough--and has a great sense of humor which made it more relaxed. I wasn't sure how taking virtual lessons would go, but I enjoy the convenience of in-home learning!

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Beth Martin
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he is a really good teacher. i myself am having trouble switching ears from classical to blues.

Posted Feb 25, 2018
Katrina
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Chris was warm and friendly. I was very at ease with him. He had a great sense of humor which put me at ease and made learning easier.

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Brendan S.
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Really enjoying the online lessons with Chris. I am learning so much!

Posted Feb 13, 2018
Beth Martin
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super cool and funny. he has a really good understanding of music theory.

Posted Feb 11, 2018
Ambre
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Posted Feb 10, 2018
Christy
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Posted Feb 6, 2018
Jessica W.
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Posted Jan 31, 2018
Brendan S.
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Posted Jan 30, 2018
Kristopher R.
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Chris is easy to talk to and does a great job explaining techniques and practical approaches to playing. Looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted Jan 27, 2018
James T.
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Super helpful as always. Great technique advice.

Posted Jan 24, 2018
Trish
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Christopher is patient, good listener, and enthusiastic, all the important element of a good teacher.

Posted Jan 1, 2018
James T.
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He was very patient with me! Thank you!!

Posted Dec 27, 2017
Nate B.
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Christopher is very knowledgeable and has a great personality which makes learning a lot easier.

Posted Dec 21, 2017
Niyati T.
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Chris has been an amazing cello instructor! He does a great job explaining how your body should feel when you're bowing (great for a first time string student) and hand positions. He really helps you integrate cello practice into whatever time you have for it and you can tell he really has a passion for the instrument and knows it well. On top of it all, he's just a really nice, fun person and the lessons fly by!

Posted Dec 5, 2017
Joel
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chris is the man! super nice dude, great sense of humor, and crazy knowledgable about music! i took drum lessons from him a few years ago, and he took the time to get to know me and where i was coming from musically and tailored our lessons to uniquely suit me. still use the warmup exercises he taught me every time i sit down at the kit! highly recommend

Posted Oct 16, 2017

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Experience

Musician
Jan 2005 - Present

Self

Toured the US for 10 years, topping over 1,000 shows. I was also a session musician for 20+ studio albums. I composed and played on various films, Youtube series and podcasts. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.

Private Music Teacher
Oct 2001 - Present

Self

Provides guitar, bass and cello instruction to multiple students per week aged 9 to adult. Teaches all levels from beginners to advanced. Previously taught seminars at SUNY JCC and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts

Education

Rhythm Section Grooves
Jun 2019 - Jul 2019

Nashville Jazz Workshop

Cello, Jazz, composition
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

SUNY Fredonia

Entertainment Business
Nov 2005 - Aug 2006

Full Sail University

Recording Arts
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005

Full Sail University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of completion for "Music Practice through Games".
Dec 2018

Udemy

Learning teaching and practicing skills utilizing games.
Composition & Film Scoring 1 & 2
Sep 2018

Udemy

Music Theory For Beginners
Aug 2018

Udemy

This course aims to equip beginners in music with the skill to read music and to understand music better. You will be introduced to the various elements on the music score, and we will guide you to learn all the basic theory topics, step by step. You do not have to know anything to take this course, except an interest in music theory!
The Complete History of Music, Part 1: Antiquity & Medieval
Jun 2018

Udemy, Jason Allen

Teaching Music : Start teaching an instrument successfully.
Apr 2018

Ilse Lozoya on Udemy

Music Composition Techniques 1: Getting Started
Apr 2018

Jason Allen, Udemy

Affiliations

D'Adarrio Education Collective
Jul 2018
a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.
BMI
Jan 2007
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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