I am not only a Grammy winning musician with over 15 years of touring and recording experience, but also a classically trained performer and instructor. I teach various instruments covering all styles and levels and believe in making your learning experience fun and interesting.
Music and the adventure in learning music has been my life's greatest experience. As I travel on that journey, the greatest thing is being an instructor and having the opportunity of taking my students along and sharing the gift of music and feeling the joy of discovery as we play, perform, compose and whatever other elements of music that come before us as we advance towards our goals.
I invite you to hop on board, buckle up and get ready for one of the greatest rides life has to offer.
*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy with regards to teaching and sharing my experience with students, is firstly to create an environment where learning is fun. This serves to keep a student interested and motivated to learn.
How I do this is to allow the student to choose the music they are interested in, then for myself to provide them with the tools necessary to learn and perform their music. These tools include the theoretical and practical information, knowledge and technique needed to play the songs, then recording and performing these songs and learning by listening back as well as practicing to backing CD's.
I have over the years been fortunate enough to learn several instruments and not only perform and record them but also work them into my teaching program. I teach voice to beginners and intermediate students. With a focus on correct breathing and projection techniques, then we utilize professional backing tracks for practice
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Students must have their own instruments to practice.
*** Specialties ***
My official training is in the Segovia technique of classical guitar, but I have performed and taught varied genres from folk to country, rock and pop. Jazz and Latin are included in my repertoire, and I also have experience in gospel and contemporary Christian music. I won a South African Grammy in 1992 while performing with the group Jo Day.
I taught guitar, bass, piano, vocal and drums at Guitar center in N Carolina, before coming back to Arizona.