- Teaches students:
- Ages 18 to 60
- Teaching since:
- January 2004
I began playing guitar when I was 13, and have loved every minute! After studying privately for a few years, I started gigging in local bars and coffee shops during high school in my hometown of Ocean Springs, MS. During high school I studied classical and jazz guitar in preparation for a college degree in music. I enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2004 to study classical and jazz guitar; during which time I played in many festivals, masterclasses, and concerts throughout the southeast. While a student at USM, I put myself through school by teaching private lessons and by gigging at private parties, weddings, churches, festivals, and in local bars. A few times a year I also play in the pit orchestra of various theater productions. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree in 2008 in Jazz Studies, I continued to perform in jazz, classical, and pop groups as both a leader and a sideman while pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Theory, which I finished in the Fall of 2011. Now living in New Orleans, I regularly perform in the city and throughout the southeast as both a sideman and a leader. I have taught privately and in the university setting for the past 9 years, and many of my more than 300 students have gone on to become successful performers, college music majors, or just hobbyists who love to play. As a professional gigging guitarist in a diverse array of genres, I can provide the insight and experience that are essential to fostering the talent of any developing guitarist.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to improve their skills while studying with me, whatever their level upon beginning lessons. I am strict about practicing and fundamentals, but do not force students to work at something that is not pleasing to them. I always find a way to incorporate any technical or theoretical concepts we are working on into learning tunes, that way we don't get bogged down working on details while never learning actual music. I do not use a set curriculum for my general guitar students, but jazz and classical students are asked to purchase certain method books and sheet music as needed.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room/Designated Music Room: Piano, guitars, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have everything they would need for the first lesson or so, but I do expect them to own their own guitar, picks, tuner, and capo(if needed) by the second month of lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz guitar, but am comfortable teaching in any style including Classical. As far as music theory is concerned, I can tutor at any level, and also am able to give instruction in beginning composition.
For the past 10 years I've taught hundreds of students in my private studio. I've taught all age and skill groups, and have had the pleasure of teaching just about every style of music, although I'm mainly a jazz and classical instructor.
Taught freshmen-level theory courses and a jazz appreciation course geared towards non-music majors.
I taught private guitar students (praise music/classical guitar emphasis), freshmen/sophomore music theory courses, and participated in the faculty jazz ensemble.
As part of my GA duties, I taught freshmen and sophomore-level theory courses, directed jazz ensembles, and taught some improvisation courses at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Daniel has been terrific. He is reliable, helpful and teaches very well.