- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2005
I have been playing music my entire life. When I was seven, I began taking piano lessons. At age ten I began playing trumpet in the marching band. It was on these instruments that I gained my knowledge for basic music theory and structure.
When I was fourteen years old I began playing guitar. I began taking theory classes through the music department in my high school and played in the jazz band for fun. By the time I graduated high school I was an intermediate guitarist with a firm grip on theory, structure, and composition.
While attending Umass Amherst I furthered my musical education by enrolling in a number of classes in the music department while earning a degree in Plant & Soil sciences. Throughout the four years at Umass I continued to study music and began to teach and perform. I played in different collaborations involving many different styles. I began giving dorm room guitar lessons to friends and neighbors. Most of my students were beginners. Many of them continued to play, and a few have even started there own bands.
After College I moved to Boston and continued to study, teach, and play music. I currently play keyboards/synth in a trio that performs throughout the Northeast. I have performed in a number of different venues including, The Paradise, Boston, MA, Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA, Up or On the Rocks Hartford, CT, etc. I have furthered my education in the past five years by studying music synthesis, studio engineering, and mixing and mastering. I have also produced a number of fully mixed/mastered recordings.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a friendly, easy going person with a passion for music. I am experienced in most styles: jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock, funk, reggae, punk, metal, acoustic, pop, jam, electronica, etc. I am a versatile musician and am capable of teachings students of all levels.
During the lessons, I cover a variety of topics:
Strumming Patterns and Chords
Scales and Modes
Hybrid Picking, Fingerpicking, and Slapping
Creating Riffs, Licks, and Bass Lines
Amplifiers and Effects
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with seating for parents.
Rehearsal studio with seating.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have multiple guitars, and an 88 weighted key Yamaha Stage Piano. My studio has a P.A. and multiple guitar amplifiers for students who want to learn electric guitar. If there are any students interested in more advances lessons in mixing and recording, I also have the necessary equipment for that.
I would expect students to have there own guitar (although I could provide a guitar under certain circumstances). Any students taking piano lessons could share my 88 Key Stage Piano.
*** Specialties ***
styles: jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock, reggae, funk, hip-hop, pop, electronica/dance
methods: finger picking, cross picking, singing and playing