I am a public school music teacher by day (14 years experience), a private music teacher by afternoon (18 yrs), and a gigging musician and DJ by night (18 yrs). I manage a highly successful cover band called The Retreat that performs all over the southeast. I have lead and arranged the worship music at a local church on Sundays and also have numerous original songs that have been recorded and published.
With all of this experience teaching, I am GREAT with kids and always PROFESSIONAL in my conduct.
I have 3 degrees in Music Education:
- Bachelors, Indiana University of PA
- Masters, Auburn University
- Educational Specialist, Auburn University
I teach lessons on:
- Bass Guitar
- Recording and Music Production
*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of music lessons is not to just learn the notes and mechanics of an instrument, but to become a well-rounded MUSICIAN. With my lessons, we don't just go through a book page-by-page, rather, lessons are shaped around the musical tastes and interests of the student. Musical theory concepts are applied in actual songwriting and current popular songs. I accompany the students on various instruments, imitating a real performance situation. I teach all ages; beginners to advanced musicians.
Unlike a crowded music store with a cramped little room for lessons, my lessons are taught in a large, open, and well-lit home studio. There is an open waiting area where parents can listen as well. Parking is convenient on a cul-de-sac with a clear view into the teaching studio.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Nord Stage 2 88 piano,
Yamaha Custom saxophone with Theo Wanne, Meyer, and Selmer mouthpieces,
Dr. Z RxJr amplifier with 2x12 cabinet,
Dr. Z M12 amplifier,
Don Grosh Custom electric guitar,
Duesenberg 49er electric guitar,
Lowden O25 acoustic guitar,
Ibanez bass guitar,
QSC 12 powered speaker,
Sonor 3001 drumset,
Pork Pie snare drum,
Avid Protools Mbox Pro,
Rode vocal mic and overhead mics,
Apple Macbook Pro computer
*** Specialties ***
Recording and production - Protools, Garageband
I manage and play with The Retreat, a successful corporate cover band that plays weddings and other private events. We are exclusively signed with Sam Hill Entertainment.
I teach K-6 Music Education classes. I have taught at Chapman Intermediate, Hickory Flat Elementary, and Mountain Road Elementary Schools.
I have taught private lessons on guitar, piano, saxophone, drums, flute, bass guitar, digital recording, improvisation and songwriting/composition for over 15 years. I have maintained a large private studio (up to 25 students at one time).
I led and arranged the weekly worship music each Sunday morning at a local church.
Certified in teaching music K-12
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