University of Southern Mississippi (String Performance)
Hello and welcome to my page. Let me first say that I am honored to share my life with you today, and I am very specific when I use the word "life." Music is the most magical gift that I have ever received not because it merely changed my life; but rather, music defines this gift to which I call my life. The world is an enormous place with countless cultures, ideals, languages, and the list goes continues. As we look at this list we are able to see just how beautiful and complex humanity really is. Unfortunately, we also use this list to categorize and generalize each other every day, and quickly we forget what makes us unique to begin with. I believe that music is inside of all of us and that sharing your music is the purest gift that you can give to the world. The magic of this gift is that it is truly one-of-a-kind. No one hears or fills the music in quite the same way that you do; so in fact, we all have a musician inside of us. There is no greater path to excellence of human life than learning to communicate this infinitely unique gift you have back to the world.
I am a passionate musician dedicated to teaching others how to share their music with the world. My teaching methods are quite unique as I approach each student as a new musical adventure. Music has given us many different avenues, instruments, tools to which we can communicate our gift. Part of the adventure is finding the right tool(s) so that we can clearly and comfortably share. The guitar happens to be the perfect fit for me. I currently live and teach private guitar lessons in Hattiesburg, MS. Hattiesburg is specifically unique and dear to my heart because it is where I learned how to play, teach, and perform my music. In 2008 I received my degree in guitar performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Here I studied classical guitar under the tutelage of professor John Dechiaro and Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, two world renowned guitarists. Understanding that I am a musician first and the guitar simply my dynamic musical outlet, I furthered my pedagogical training in music theory under Dr. Joe Brumbeloe and in classical piano under the care of Dr. Dana Raggsdale and Dr. Louis Leventhall. Upon graduation, my music quickly took me to Dallas, TX. Over the next 3-4 years, I built a true private music studio where I began recording and teaching private guitar, piano and music theory lessons. I maintained a studio of 25+ students while performing throughout the state including Houston, Dallas, Denton, Fortworth, and Katie, TX. Still I felt the need to bring my gift back home to the roots of my musical teachings. In July of 2011, I answered this call and returned to Hattiesburg. Since my return I have furthered my musical teachings at Brannan's Music, formally Roseberry's Music and the original music store in Hattiesburg. In January 2014, my private teaching studio took on a new adventure as I became the founder of RHK Music Studios.
I have taught well over 100 students in the past 13-15 years, from beginners to professional musicians, in various local music stores/churches, at the University of Southern Mississippi, multiple states and venues. I have an exciting adventure minded teaching approach that is directed towards improving the student's technical abilities while also helping them to meet their own personal goals as a musician/guitarist.
Communication is a key element to humanity's ultimate goal. Music, as we have already stated, is the purest form of communication. Herein lies the answer of WHY our music is our individual Life goal. Learning to play an instrument, in this case the guitar, is nothing less than my Life’s goal. In other words, from this point forward, my Life has meaning and my purpose is to prepare and perform/share music for all of humanity.
Sustaining control of mental and physical movements takes true dedication. The guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to master, and is the instrument I most enjoy teaching. I teach my students to embrace practice as a life process. It is essential to shape a balanced practice approach to create a healthy musical philosophy. Hello and welcome to my page. Let me first say that I am honored to share my life with you today, and I am very specific when I use the word "life." Music is the most magical gift that I have ever received not because it merely changed my life; but rather, music defines this gift to which I call my life. The world is an enormous place with
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I received my degree in guitar performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008. Here I studied classical guitar under the tutelage of professor John Dechiaro at Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo. I furthered my pedagogy training in the field of music theory under Dr. Joe Brumbeloe. Soon after graduation I move to Dallas Texas where I began teaching private guitar and music theory lessons. I maintained a studio of 20+ students the next four years in Mississippi in July of 2011. Since my return to Hattiesburg, I have furthered my musical teachings at Brannan's Music. In January 2014 I opened up my own private studio company. In the past year, I have guided over 30 private music students in the following fields: guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, music theory, site singing, and music history.