Years of experience
more than 10 years
Teaching Children, Adults or Both?
Teaching special needs children
Lot of experience
Minimum session duration (minutes)
About the teacher
Initially inspired to become a music educator after only one week of playing flute, I drove my talents into achieving that goal beyond my original one of teaching in band and orchestra programs. I’ve had the honor of teaching just about any kind of music class that can be offered in a school as part of their federal- and state-standardized curriculum over the past decade, as well as a variety of afterschool programs and private instruction for over 20 years. As a multi-instrumentalist with extensive performing and recording hardware and software experience, each of my individual students and group classes integrate today’s amazing resources with critical thinking tools to help them continue in their musical endeavors beyond my instruction.
My professional performing experiences on guitar, bass, piano, flute, and voice (as well as many other stringed instruments) includes musical theater orchestra pits, cruise ships, international touring with a big band, national touring with an original rock group, national touring as a solo artist, numerous cover and tribute bands, and television appearances. As for recording, I am well-versed in Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic and keep up with the latest technologies. Video recording technologies are also in my wheelhouse with Sony Vegas Pro and Final Cut Pro. I’ve recorded my own album that became the soundtrack for my own documentary and help students with their own original composition, recording, and performing endeavors.
Although I do not have a Bachelor’s Degree, I was able to accomplish a lot of teaching and learning in the Los Angeles area that I am currently applying to my studies over the next year towards attaining my degree in Human Services and a minor in Psychology at Ottawa University. Many students I come across in various school systems have needs and challenges that are not being met, so educating myself more within the field of social work will allow for a more comprehensive music education for all, regardless of learning abilities.
Education relevant to teaching music
Music major at Citrus College, graduated and planned to transfer to a 4-year university. After testing out of all music theory and ear-training classes and a great instrument audition, I was given teaching opportunities that I could not pass up and decided to not continue education at that time. Many years of teaching later, I wanted to finish my degree in a field that would benefit students of all mental and economic capabilities further. Am currently enrolled at Ottawa University with a 4.0 GPA for a BA in Human Services with a minor in Psychology and will be graduating in June 2018.
Teaching philosophy and approach to teaching
Every student is different with their learning abilities and goals, so I customize lessons to their learning style (Visual, Audio, Kinesthetic, and/or Observational), incorporate many pedagogies (Orff, Kudaly, Suzuki, and methods using Bloom’s Taxonomy), and lead students to resources that will allow for them to learn further on their own.
At Students home, Online
Approach for online teaching
Via Skype with exchange of digital materials. Requires reliable Internet connection, great computer mic and camera, and the ability to utilize digital music materials. For recording students, an interface is also required.