Jabari Holloway
Cedar Park, TX
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Jabari Holloway

Jabari H.

Cedar Park, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
More than technique, I will teach you how to connect with people. Music is the art of communication. Being able to reach someone's heart, to feel what they feel, and to play what they feel is far more powerful than being able to play 16th notes at 160 Beats Per Minute.

Having played Jazz Guitar for 15+ years, graduated with a Music (Classical Composition) double-major from MIT, and performed at restaurants & large events such as Super Bowl Live, I will teach you the fundamentals to play any type of music you desire. I specialize in music improvisation and will show you how to learn songs quickly by ear. Also, I will show you what it takes to deliver a great performance for your audience.

Ultimately, my focus is on serving you. That means helping you become who you want to be and helping you express your true self through music. Together, we'll figure out what works best for you and what learning style helps you grow the fastest. And we'll have a lot of fun along the way!

About Jabari H.

I am a Jazz Guitarist and have played/performed for 15+ years. While I work professionally as a Software Developer, music is my passion. My love for music began at age 14 when my best friend from high school decided to start playing guitar. He and the rest of our group of friends took Rock music lessons, while I picked up Acoustic guitar - following my unique path. I spent 6 months learning from a book and then started taking guitar lessons at a guitar shop called Willie's American Guitars in St. Paul, MN. Here I learned how to play songs by the Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. When my mother saw that I had outgrown these lessons, she enrolled me in the Walker West Music Academy, where I spent 3 years learning Jazz. I was taught music theory, and learned how to play and solo to complex chord progressions. Through being part of the Walker West Jazz Combo, I was able to perform a gigs in the Twin Cities, which exposed me to professional live performances at an early age. I was also able to leverage everything I'd learned about music to make a difference at my high school. I joined my high school's Diversity Team and was able to work with teachers and my fellow students to put on concerts to help break down stereotypes.

During college at MIT, I studied both Music and Chemical-Engineering . While I was a student, I was a guitarist in the Festival Jazz Ensemble. Through my music studies, I learned key aspects of Classical Composition: Harmony & Counterpoint, Sight-singing, and Writing in Tonal Forms. I also learned a great amount about Symphonic Music. To this day, I still enjoy listening to Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and other well-known Classical musicians. Being in Boston at the time, I also had the opportunity to jam with Berklee musicians and perform gigs around the city, including open mic nights at famous places like Club Passim.

After graduating, I moved to Houston to work as a software developer in Oil & Gas. I performed music at restaurants and had the opportunity to perform at Super Bowl Live back in 2017. Having recently moved to Austin (Cedar Park), a more music-friendly city, I'm excited to help other people develop their musical talents and express themselves with their music.

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Experience

Live Music Performer - Super Bowl Live
Dec 2016 - Jan 2017

Houston Live! Super Bowl XI

- Coordinated with team on set list - Attended rehearsals to prepare for the event - Performed songs at different intervals throughout the day for a week to attract and entertain festival-goers

Live Music Performer - Restaurants
Aug 2015 - May 2016

Self-Employed

- Contacted Restaurant Owners to establish gigs - Negotiated contracts - Performed live music bi-weekly (guitar) - Marketed live music nights to bring people to the restaurant

Education

Bachelor's of Science in Music & Chemical Engineering (Double-major)
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

MIT

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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