- Teaches students:
- Ages 9+
- Teaching since:
- June 2001
I began playing guitar at the age of eight when I found an old nylon string that my older brother had left when he went to college. Although I couldn't take lessons because we didn't have a guitar teacher in the small New Mexico town I grew up in, I began playing the thing incessantly-particularly while watching TV. By the time I had learned how to play the theme to “The Newlywed Game” on the guitar, my mother relented and found a local accordion teacher who would give me music lessons. By the time I was in middle school I was playing gigs with a local Country and Western dance band.
After high school, I moved to Austin, TX. Those years leading up to my return to college were filled with lots of music, not much money, and the invaluable education in music that only Austin, TX can give. In 2006 I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Theory and Composition at the University of New Mexico, and was embarking on a new path in my career.
And then They came along.
After the birth of my son Declan in 2007, I decided to become a full time stay at home parent. The experience of raising my two boys (Austin was born in 2009) has made me realize music is a gift to be shared and that teaching others so they can share that gift is one of the greatest things a musician can do.
Of course, music is constant in my life-over the last five years I've performed in a Spanish opera (“La Tabernera del Puerto” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center) sung Doo-Wop for Santa Fe High’s Class of 1960, and played the Blues at Sam’s Town Point in South Austin, TX. I also currently play lead guitar with the Austin band El Pathos and The Austin Party Band. I look forward to meeting you!
*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you’re a Rock Star in training, a guitar god in the making, or just want to impress family and friends, I can help you achieve your musical goals. If you've chosen the guitar as your instrument, you have chosen wisely. Not only is the guitar really cool, there is a large repertoire of great music that I can use to teach you how to play it. So when you break into “Freebird” on the next camping trip, not only will it get everyone singing, you will have also learned your G, D, Em, and C chords. I believe when learning occurs within the context of our musical lives, it happens not only for our enjoyment but also as something to be shared. I want for my students to always be ready with something great when that friend or family member says, “Play something for me.”
Most of all I want for students to enjoy the process of learning and improving in music. Lessons should be fun and satisfying, but it’s even more important for the time in between the lessons to be enjoyable too. I strive to establish the enthusiasm that breeds success and then building on that success. I emphasize smaller assignments and shorter practice times in order to achieve consistency, and teach through music requested by the student whenever I can. So let’s get started! And who knows, maybe you’ll let your old music teacher backstage for an autograph someday.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a home studio which includes music stands, guitars, amps, chairs, futon for parents to sit, full recording equipment. 1 dog kept separate (Poodle). Parking out front.
*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide his or her own instrument.
*** Specialties ***
Guitar-I can teach in a variety of styles ranging from classical guitar (through the intermediate level), contemporary fingerstyle ("Travis" picking and chord-melody concepts), flatpicking (electric and acoustic in rock and pop styles), and rhythm and performance in rock and popular music. I also specialize in music theory as it applies to the guitar through the advanced level-scales, modes, chord construction including altered and extended chords, voice leading, and improvisation.
Music Theory-Reading and notation, basic four-part writing, Diatonic and Chromatic concepts as well as introduction to 20th Century techniques, counterpoint, music history, and basic orchestration.
Music Technology-MIDI, synthesis, digital audio, recording and audio production.