I HAVE BEEN A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, RECORDING ARTIST , MUSIC TEACHER (PIANO, BASS, GUITAR & CELLO) FOR OVER 4-DECADES. I use a "situational approach" in teaching and gear my lessons towards making lessons & Music FUN!!! I stress "collaboration" with all students and build a strong foundation with a goal towards performance and a thorough knowledge regarding theory, harmony, reading skills and self-motivation.
I have multiple music, music therapy and sound technology (studio) certifications from: Kansas State University, State University of New York (New Paltz), Catholic University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) & UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). I have an extensive background in individual student teaching as well as group leadership & teaching.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am not a "task master," and if a student chooses to dedicate themselves, the sky is the limit. For me, MUSIC = LIFE. Within six months, if a student practices, he or she can expect to be performing in a recital that includes a full-blown sound system, back-up band and fairly large outdoor concert area (with many guests, great food & lifetime memories. I have been having these "events" (twice yearly) for the past six years in Las Vegas & in addition to relatives and friends of the music students, there are many of my friends and neighbors who attend these outdoor concerts. The atmosphere is very professional and each student is given a good opportunity to showcase their talent. Plus, I always include group (i.e. "bands") of students, backed by my professional group.
In addition to reading skills, I stress improvisation, theory and composition, and design a specific "method" for each student. I use "Finale" for transcription of songs, arranging them to suit each student's particular skill level(s). I encourage lyric writing and singing, plus teach fundamentals of recording & sequencing.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Basses, 2 Keyboards, multiple computers and recording devices, microphones, and all the accessories. I provide 256-track sequencing and 160 track professional recording setups, plus amps & speakers & sound system.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Arrangements, diagrams, folder, syllabus, teaching materials. Students need instruments and open minds....a pencil (#2) and staff notebook is handy. I provide staff paper & printed music, unless a student brings a particular piece of music on which to work. FUN & WORK are very compatible.
*** Specialties ***
Cello, Basses, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Theory, compositions specialize in Jazz & R&B also I teach sound technology (certified) and recording. I have a teaching/recording studio attached to my home with top professional gear.
I have been a gigging, recording & composing professional since 1961 (age 13), and have been a teacher and certified music therapist in the U.S. and the Netherlands for 45 years.
I have toured throughout the world, composing hundreds of songs and recording dozens of LPs, commercial cassettes and CDs of my original music with a variety of bands (some "big name" & others virtually unknown.
certified music therapist, specializing in behavior modification.