- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Depending on one's starting level of experience, some basic exercises will be assigned to develop core skills, with increasing levels of technical challenge and complexity. Elements of music theory will be woven into practical lessons. Students will have the choice to incorporate material from popular and familiar music into their studies, and as they progress they will be encouraged to compose original pieces incorporating concepts and skills from the lessons.
As music should be enjoyable, I expect students to be highly motivated and to dedicate regular time to practice in between lessons. Of course there is some work involved to get to a point of effortless fluent expression, but you should also be able to have a lot of fun along the way!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I began teaching acoustic guitar and voice lessons in 1984, also offering harmonium and tabla lessons a few years later. Some of my students have approached music mainly for personal enjoyment and deepening their self-identity, while others have used the skills they learned in their careers.
I've found that in order to be a successful teacher, I must be patient and compassionate, and try to always put myself in the shoes of a learner. I feel my greatest teaching strengths come from listening to my students, as well as drawing from my experience as a singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist.
I'm grateful for my exposure to the music of different cultures, especially the fascinating polyrhythms of traditional African drumming and the deeply moving melodies of Indian Classical music. I had the good fortune to study these disciplines intensively with Master Teachers during my time at Dartmouth College, at Wesleyan University, and through independent studies in India. My teacher training at Pacific Oaks College further deepened my appreciation of cultural diversity as well as my sensitivity to different learning styles.
This experience has enriched my own compositions, as well as my ability to connect with learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, and to help guide people in developing a personal style free from artificial boundaries of genre.
Currently, I'm working on recording an album of original songs based on the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz and other mystics.
Teach music to Elementary school classes (K-6); design age-appropriate lesson plans to meet state curriculum goals.
Teach individual guitar, voice and percussion lessons for ages 5-adult, with specialty in fingerstyle guitar
Led community weekly music program for guests and staff at spiritual retreat center;
Arranged and conducted music program for regional gatherings and special events; Taught group classes and
individual lessons in Indian Classical music: voice, harmonium, and tabla