- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2014
Hello everyone! I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful group of teachers from all around the country in order to teach students of all skill levels interested in furthering their education.
To be very brief about my knowledge and experience, virtually all of my music education has been "self taught", in the sense that I never had a formal teacher, ironic as that may be. I learned what I know from Guitar World magazine, books, experimentation, and playing with other musicians. Outside of this, I've taken many AP courses in high school in Latin, Social Studies, Music Theory, and English, with English being my planned major in college. I've tutored friends in school all my life in every school subject, and I've been teaching guitar formally for about two years now.
Obviously if you're here for anything else besides music, most of this description won't apply to you. However, I hope that by reading on, you'll understand that the enthusiasm I have for music is the same I have for literature as well as religious studies.
*** Lesson Details ***
The main thing that I tell all of my future students is that I design a whole curriculum based around their interests. This includes not only how to actually play that particular style with your instrument of choice (though the guitar is what I play), but often times includes at least some of the history of the genre, the music theory behind each style, gear recommendations, and ultimately how you can continue to learn without needing a teacher through the use of autonomous resources; it all depends on how far you want to go. I seek to deconstruct any genre for my students so that they can grasp the style easier and, hopefully and more importantly, use the fragments to create their own work of art.
My homework looks a little similar to the homework in the “School of Rock” movie; I'll make goals for each student that I expect them to meet or preferably exceed in time for our next lesson, and I'll usually give them recommended listening material as either a goal to achieve, as personal inspiration, or simply as more influence to absorb. How high of expectations I have for a student depends on what their personal goals are.
At the end of the day, however, the most important thing to me is making the learning process fun, exciting, and dare I say unpredictable, and I want each student walking away from my lessons excited for their own musical future, whatever that may look like.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster electric guitar
Fender CD140SCE BK steel-string acoustic guitar
Fender SP10 combo amp
Ibanez GA35TCE-DVS-3R-01 nylon-string acoustic guitar
Line 6 Spider III 15-watt amp
*** Specialties ***