- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- June 2011
I have a passion for music-making and my greatest goal in life is to share that passion one way or another. I'm a 22-year-old recent college grad with a degree in Music and Mathematics from Cal State: Long Beach and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. I've played in bands bands for about a decade and have headlined in venues across the US such as The House of Blues. I've written and recorded songs that were used in major network commercials and played guitar on national top 100 radio hits.
I was drawn to music at a very early age by my father. He is an exceptional keyboard player, pianist and composer with a career in music, audio and television. When I was a kid, I noticed many of my friends with musical parents were forced to practice scales, sight reading and theory on a daily or weekly basis and they treated it like a chore. In contrast, my dad simply shared his passion for music and showed me how fun it can be, which led me to practice and study on my own.
That is the kind of teacher I aim to be. I want to show my students what having a blast making music feels like and then focus heavily on technical aspects only when they're ready and hungry for more.
*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is unique, so I create a unique lesson plan to fit the interests and ability of each my students. I generally believe attacking students with too much technique and theory early on can limit their creativity, take away some of the joy of making music and even scare them away. Understand that this philosophy does not come from a lack of understanding or ability to teach the more technical aspects of music, rather it is the product of years of observation and experience. I like to give students tools that allow them to be creative and play around. This gives them an opportunity to naturally develop their own unique musical voice which technical study and practice will only enrich and expand.
*** Studio Equipment ***
*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own instrument and amplification if needed as well as teaching materials like books, staff or tab paper, and pencils. I expect students to provide their own instruments.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock and pop music, in the broadest possible definition of the genres.