My Education, Accolades, and Experience
I received a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in 2016 with my focus on guitar performance. During school I made the dean’s list 4 times and then graduated with honors. I taught guitar, bass, and ukulele for over two years for a local music store in Maryland. Also, I have taught group lessons for k-12 in after school music programs. I have been performing in bands and as a singer/songwriter for over a decade.
My Approach to Teaching
I like to teach music that my students can relate to in order to strengthen their musicianship. Students have a particular curriculum that is suited to their needs. The goal of the lessons are to provide them with a greater joy and appreciation for playing music while improving their technique and knowledge of theory. I enjoy introducing music that sparks the interest of my students with hopes it will inspire them to improve.
One of My Practice Techniques
I recommend having 2 things to practice and alternate between them every few minutes. This helps to prevent repeating the same mistakes because it gives you time to reset and re-assess yourself. It is easier to stay engaged in practicing when not working on the same thing over and over. Kids get distracted less easy and adults get bored less often I find when using this method.
My Favorites in These Five Styles
- Rock – Pink Floyd
- Jazz – John Coltrane
- Pop – Adele
- Classical – Beethoven
- Hip Hop - Jurrasic 5
My Favorite Quote
“Sometimes You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” -Miles Davis
How I Started Playing Music
I began playing music in the 5th grade with the alto saxophone. Shortly after, I became very interested in rock music and the blues, which inspired me to take up guitar. My first guitar lessons were at Peabody Preparatory in 2007 under the instruction of a very experienced Jazz guitarist. His playing always inspired me and pushed me to become a better guitar player. He exposed me to lots of new Jazz music, which had an impact on my goals as a guitar player and musician. I am very grateful that he stressed good technique on me at an early stage in my musical development.
My formal music training began in 6th grade concert band where I learned the fundamentals and how to read music. Because I wanted to be a drum set player, I began saving money from my paper route job and eventually bought my first drum set. By the age of 13, I was already in several bands and performing gigs. Even though I was self-taught and had been performing frequently around the area, I began to take formal lessons when I was 17 with earnest. Those lessons opened me up to a new world that I continue to explore to this day. I knew at that age that I all I wanted to do with my life was to play music and thus the journey began.