Learning music is a challenge that I face with pleasure, passion and persistence. While doing so, Iâve learned to face other life challenges as well. For me, music is a way of life.
Currently, I play regularly with three different groups. In doing so, I get to play blues, rock & roll, and jazz. At shows you may see me playing electric bass, upright bass, or keyboards depending on the night. During the week I teach lessons to a wide range of ages and abilities.
Playing music quickly became my passion when I started playing at 15. The electric bass was my first instrument, but guitar, drums and keyboards promptly followed. During these early years, I was playing with anyone in my small town who knew how to play at a venue which allowed young musicians.
There were many years of playing for fun between those days and when I first decided to make music a bigger part of my life. My initial step was to return to college to study electronic music and recording techniques. During this time, I picked up the upright bass and started playing jazz. I began performing with the collegeâs wind band, playing for musical productions, and providing the bass line for a house band during open mic nights.
Playing diverse genres and in varied settings brought me to the realization that I enjoyed delving into the greater depths of music and wanted to share music with others through teaching. With this new focus, I began teaching private lessons at a music store in River Falls and pursing my music education degree. Since graduating in 2009, Iâve run an after school guitar club, taught summers at a music camp, and worked as a sub for music teachers in the metro area in addition to continuing to teach private lessons. Iâve now been teaching privately for six years.
Well, after writing this condensed story of my musical and educational accomplishments, I see that I've left out how I really got here. Throughout this journey I have been faced with many life challenges that once seemed impossible to overcome, but, through music, I have done just that. This is what music is all about for me, something to learn from and help shape us into who we are. I am passionate about continuing to learn through music and helping others to shape their own musical personalities.
*** Lesson Details ***
From lessons, to practices and performances, each step of learning to play an instrument should be fun!
Each Private Lesson is Individualized
In our first lessons together, we will start simple, working steadily toward your musical goals. As we get to know each other, we will personalize your lessons towards your individual interests, strengths, and learning style.
Each of Us is Responsible for Your Success
As a student it is your responsibility to set goals and put in effort both during lessons and outside practice. As a teacher it is my responsibility to create lessons that fit your learning style in addition to motivating, supporting and guiding you towards your goals.
Lessons are Enjoyable
I firmly believe that there are always new things to learn and that there are many fun ways to do it! We will work together to create new and enjoyable ways to learn music!!
Lessons for Beginning Musicians
Beginning students will have the opportunity to play a song the very first lesson. We will start you off using non-traditional notation so that you can focus on the very important basics like how to hold your instrument; achieve proper technique; get good tone; play varied pitches; and keep a steady beat. Once these essentials are mastered, we will explore traditional tablature and staff notation, in other words, you will learn to read music.
Lessons for Intermediate/Advanced Musicians
Students that have past musical experience will expand on the concepts mentioned for beginners. As students advance, we will begin to explore more a challenging repertoire in more diverse genres, including jazz, classical, blues, folk and pop. The biggest concept we focus on in advanced lessons is learning how to play songs/pieces whether through notation, chord charts, or by ear. Other important concepts include improvisation and composition.
*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Keyboard, recording equipment, pa system, stands, amp, guitar, bass, upright bass, mirror, and seating/wifi for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide playback device(CD/mp3 player,) metronome, tuner simple repair/adjustment tools and stand.
Students are required a to have instrument including amp and cable for electric bass and guitar, book and tuner. Students are also expected to be responsible for repairs and string replacements of their own equipment. I highly recommend stand and metronome.
*** Specialties ***
Rock & Roll, Pop, Jazz, Classical
· Guitar ·
My 10 year old daughter is taking lessons with Daniel and the indicator that things are going well is that she practices happily. Daniel is a music educator and this comes through in the lessons -- both in his manner with my daughter and in the content of the lessons.
· Guitar ·
Today was my first class and he got me started really good. I am sure continuing with him. Thank you Daniel.