Moorpark College (Music Industry)
• California State University northridge (Graduate Coursework)
I have played the guitar for 11 years and the piano for 4 years. On the guitar I can play and teach to a very high level in a variety of styles (Blues, Folk, Rock, Classical, Jazz), and I can teach beginning to intermediate piano. I primarily identify with American roots music like ragtime, dixieland jazz, Mississippi Delta blues, and early folk music. But I also love to listen to gypsy jazz, early rocksteady and ska, classic rock, and romantic-era composers-- we could go in just about any direction with this! We could even dabble into other instruments like the mandolin or the banjo.
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I have taken two years of theory and have undergone private lessons with composer Miguel del Aguila and arranger Leslie Drayton, a founding member of Earth, Wind, & Fire. I have worked with professionals in the industry and have experience recording in studios. I am currently working on a degree in Music Industry Studies for entrepreneurial purposes.
I have prior experience teaching private lessons, as well as teaching in a small classroom environment. My students have ranged in ages from 5 to 30 years old. It's never to late to learn!
Nearly everything I do in life is music-centric, and most people I know are musicians. It is by far my favorite art form, and I love to share it with my students-- especially those eager to share this experience with me. If you'd like to take lessons with me, I would love to get in touch with you and get to know you a bit-- what your goals and aspirations are, what kind of music you'd like to learn, that sort of thing. I have played the guitar for 11 years and the piano for 4 years. On the guitar I can play and teach to a very high level in a variety of styles (Blues, Folk, Rock, Classical, Jazz), and I can teach beginning to intermediate piano. I primarily identify with American roots music like ragtime, dixieland jazz, Mississippi Delta blues, and early folk
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I have received formal training in composition and arranging from professionals such as Miguel del Aguila and Leslie Drayton. I have also taken two years of music theory, which covers fundamentals to chromatic theory and 16th century counterpoint. As such, I theoretically analyze classical compositions, post-tonal compositions, and American popular songs (especially early to mid-20th century jazz).
I have played guitar for 11 years, and I take it very seriously. I play at an advanced level and have taught students guitar privately, as well as in a small classroom setting for a five-week intensive for the private business "La Escuela De Música" in Oxnard, California. I teach many different styles of play, and I like to emphasize unity between fretboard theory and music theory in order to facilitate a strong knowledge of the guitar's capacities.
I first learned the piano as a method to compose and analyze theory. I have taught students how to play the piano either simply for piano performance or for theory/composition, the latter on which we usually have covered the very basics. I can play to an intermediate level, and my repertoire includes pieces from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, plus Romantic pieces such as Chopin's Waltz in A Flat Major, no. 1, Op. 69.
I have studied songwriting with songwriter/composer/arranger Leslie Drayton formally. I also have studied songwriting under the larger umbrella of music composition. I teach songwriting both as a craft and as a freer art form. My lesson plans have often utilized contrast between less conventional art music and by-the-numbers pop music.