UC Santa Cruz/Musicians Institute (BA Music)
I have played music for 12 years, starting at age 11, learning guitar notation, and percussion rudiments with an ensemble. Band class has always been my place to go when all else seemed impossible. I found a friendly safe haven in music, in my private lessons, in my parents garage, and in my band classroom. Music has taught me the necessity for hard work, how to communicate and work within a group, as well as my value and role as an individual. After teaching, I have discovered how music effects everyone in similar ways, but this effect is only achieved through a dedicated ethic and an effective lesson plan. Not all of my students choose to make it a career, but all students find satisfaction learn valuable lessons that can be applied to any career path.
After playing in 3 grade school orchestras, 10+ college ensembles and 6 different bands professionally, I have found the most important aspects of music are listening, disciplining yourself and finding yourself. Practicing techniques endlessly is only one aspect of music. Listening to yourself and others is almost more essential, and takes even more hard work. With my lessons I love to work on listening first and foremost. This allows us to understand why music is what it is and does what it does, and how we can apply what we know to our instrument. That being said, I am aware that acquiring various techniques and skills is a very high priority in being a student of music. But before we do this I must evaluate my students, find what skills they have, what skills they hunger to have, and what fears they may hold on to, or might foresee.
50% of the lesson will consist of working with techniques, reading, being creative, and communicating on your instrument. 20% will be based on listening to new songs, analyzing them and discussing the artists history and style. 15% will be spent applying daily life and our surroundings to music. And the final 15% will be a jam session. A chance for students to let loose and forget about any stresses or goals. I will then give students a listening and a playing assignment each week. Something that challenges them to stretch a outside of their comfort zone. I do require students to come to the next lesson having made some sort of discovery based on the assignment.
Becoming friends with my students by creating trustworthy support is my main goal. By doing this I can find the lesson plan that best fits the student's personality and goals. In the end, they will know how to maintain the skills they have built, and search for new ones on their own. Me and my students progress together throughout life, and we keep each other motivated, and talent is motivation!
I am ready help you start or continue your journey as a musician! I am all about hard work, and dedication, as this is the key to any accomplishment. I have also discovered a necessity for a passionate, friendly, stress free environment for me and my students. We must make sure we are having fun while we are working hard towards the students goals. It is my job to find the best way for my students (YOU!) to progress as a musician and more importantly as a person! I have played music for 12 years, starting at age 11, learning guitar notation, and percussion rudiments with an ensemble. Band class has always been my place to go when all else seemed impossible. I found a friendly safe haven in music, in my private lessons, in my parents garage, and in my band classroom. Music has taught me the necessity for
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I studied classical percussion at Central Middle School and Sequoia High school from 2003-2012, as well jazz drum set privately and in school since 2005. In 2012 I tutored concert band students at John F. Kennedy Middle School and North Star Academy. I attended UC Santa Cruz from 2012-2014 as a music major studying jazz drum set, music theory, ear training, score reading and piano skills. From 2012-present I freelance as a drummer playing 15 shows a month and I teach up to 10 students a week privately at their home.
I studied ear training for 4 quarters at UC Santa Cruz from 2012-2014. I also studied music theory, piano skills, and sight singing there. Previously I had taken 1 year of private guitar lessons and have since continued studying music theory and ear training at Musicians Institute. I have developed many different ways to practice ear training at these two different schools.
I have been studying and reading guitar, piano, and drum notation for 12 years. For the past 4 years I have studied music theory, ear training, and composition at UC Santa Cruz and Musicians Institute while playing drums professionally. I have 4 years experience in private lessons, and 1 year experience with junior high school band classes. I make it my responsibility to communicate my material in a friendly and inspiring way. I love finding the best practice routines for students, and have many effective exercises, that have helped musicians and non musicians alike with different levels of ensembles, auditions, and ear training or theory courses.