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Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA (performance)
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (Enrolled)
I’ve been playing music since I was seven years old. I started on piano and moved to cello in fourth grade. When I was twelve I started playing the bass guitar. I soon formed a band with my friends even though none of us really knew how to play our instruments yet. Despite our collective terrible skills, we had a great time playing music together.
Music became the thing that I enjoyed more than anything, and at some point I made a decision that I wanted playing the bass to be my career. I went to Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2006 as a bass performance major. Since then I’ve been playing professionally on both electric and acoustic bass. I lived till August of 2011, when I moved to LA. In July of 2015 I moved to Fairfield, CT, where I live now.
I’m currently attending The University of Bridgeport to obtain my Master’s in music education. I plan on becoming a music teacher and hopefully teaching strings. I’ve had several bass and cello students in Boston and LA, and I have continued teaching hear in Connecticut. Playing music has always been my passion, but I have now discovered teaching music as something else that I love.
I live with my two best friends in the world, my wife Stefanie, and my dog Loki. When I’m not playing, teaching, or listening to music, I enjoy hanging out with them, whether we’re going for a hike or watching a TV shows. I also like going to the gym, cooking, (trying to) bake bread, playing fantasy football, reading a good book, and especially watching movies. (I’m kind of a film nut).
As a performing musician, I can bring a lot of practical musical knowledge to students. I like teaching real songs to students as opposed to starting with scales or exercises. I emphasize technique, time, theory, and tone. After a few months, a beginning student should expect to have learned several songs and have a good understanding of proper technique and how to get a good sound. I'm flexible, and will teach any genre a student wants to learn. A student can learn something from playing any song, no matter how simple or complicated it sounds. I believe that as important as it is to have a good teacher, an instrumental instructor is really more of a facilitator or guide than anything. In the end, students will teach themselves how to play, and they can become as good as they want depending on the time and effort they put in. One of my favorite parts of teaching is seeing students getting better and better every week.
I’ve been playing music since I was seven years old. I started on piano and moved to cello in fourth grade. When
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I have been playing cello for over twenty years. Although I've been primarily a bass player for during my music career, I started playing the cello a lot again a few years ago. I have a two active cello students, and I am currently attending The University of Bridgeport to get my Master's in music education with the hopes of becoming a strings teacher. Since January, I have been interning at an elementary school, and I have helped the strings teacher there teach not only cello, but the other string instruments.