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Saint Mary's University (Music Technology)
I graduated from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota, where my major was Music Technology. I have experience in music production and live sound, but my focus is on the former. Music production is an art: everyone has their own style and manner of working. I like to work with students to delve deeper into techniques they might not be incorporating yet, and to incorporate genres and sounds they might not be familiar with yet, all within the context of their own interests and style. My overall goal is to teach them to grow into a self-sufficient sound engineer, so that their development doesn't end when tutoring ends.
As far as instruments, I teach guitar, bass, and beginner cello. In this context, I take the same approach: allow the interests and goals of the student to guide the course of the lessons. I often focus on eliminating tension in the players technique; this is important for maintaining the physical health of a student.
I also have a lot of experience with Photoshop after working as a product photographer and ad designer for my last two employers. I love teaching in both the audio and visual areas, and I find it's a great way to keep my skills up. Learning to navigate and utilize a program like Photoshop is not unlike learning a new instrument: it's often a matter of practicing with certain key tools until they come naturally.
Aside from my major, I've also studied philosophy and economics at Saint Mary's University, two pretty thick subjects. Often, if someone is struggling in these areas, I find that it's just a matter of figuring out how to break the dense portions down and find the approach and wording that "clicks" with the individual learner. It's also important to find real-world applications of the material: if you don't understand the significance of new information, it's going to be much harder to commit it to memory.
I would highly credit my liberal arts education for pushing my development outside of my own major, and have found that my Philosophy minor in particular has helped me in analyzing logic, mathematics, and literature. Studying these topics will help any tutor in examining their student's comprehension abilities, and then expanding upon them.
Feel free to contact me! I graduated from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota, where my major was Music Technology. I have experience in music production and live sound, but my focus is on the former. Music production is an art: everyone has their own style and
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I've played guitar for over eleven years, and taught students for the past five. The key is often to find music that the student is passionate about; by allowing them to have some say in where the lessons are going, the teacher can keep them interested, and then use these songs as opportunities to expand their technique. Music theory is fantastic as well, though it is again best to explain this in the context of how it can help the student, and not simply as dry exercises. I also firmly believe in making sure the student's movements eliminate any unnecessary physical strain: this is important for avoiding stress injuries.
I have a B.A. in Music Technology, where I learned both live sound and in-studio production techniques. I cater my teaching to each individual student, depending on goals and the equipment/production software he or she has regular access to, so that they can develop their own individual workflow.