- Levels Taught:
- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+
- Teaching since:
I'll want to know what brought you here, so let me first tell you what brought me...
Since my years as a wide-eyed teenager I've been writing, performing, and recording a variety of types of music. I'd enjoyed conventional lessons as a younger child, but music didn't all really click for me until I started exploring other instruments on my own, playing the music I really wanted to play, and figuring out how to create my own music.
That's great, you may say, but what about teaching music? Well, it starts with the fact that I ended up having to teach myself. The fundamentals I'd learned as a child gave me a nice skill in my back pocket. And that could have been enjoyable enough on its own - it certainly is for plenty of people who want to learn an instrument.
But in retrospect, I could have had a more fulfilling experience had my instructors really tapped into something beyond the mechanics of an instrument. While I could correctly play the notes written on a sheet of paper, I received little insight on how to really "feel" the music in a way that might resonate with me.
Fortunately, I picked up some new instruments in high school and began a journey of self-discovery that continues to this day. And along the way I found that the more music that I wanted to make, the more things I needed to learn how to do.
By age 20 or so I'd taught myself to do a lot - playing instruments, writing music, recording and producing, and a whole lot more. As this was all happening, people noticed that I could do things with music that they wanted to do and that I was pretty good at explaining how they could be done.
So that's how I got my first students. A few friends and acquaintances wanted to learn, and I was happy to help them. This continued for a while, and I found that I enjoyed it as much as the students seemed to.
The twists and turns of life eventually took over - my own musical pursuits, making my way in the real world, and ultimately marriage and fatherhood - but raising my own child and coaching youth sports has really inspired me to more actively teach music to new students under more formal arrangements. That's what's led me to TakeLessons.
It's amazing to see someone have a "light bulb" moment and go on to do things not previously imaginable. And it really can happen with anyone at any age and any level. That's what inspires me. Along my journey I've experienced some great things and worked with some amazing people. Now I'm bringing it back home in hopes that I can help you start your own rewarding journey.
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