Teaching Children, Adults or Both?
Teaching special needs children
Lot of experience
About the teacher
I grew up listening to classic rock, motown, and older classics like the Righteous Brothers, Roy Orbison, and The Platters. Up until about three years ago, I only played the guitar. Now I enjoy playing the ukulele, bass, and percussion. I vent through playing and recording music at home either by learning songs or creating them. I am 28 years old now and still my love for listening and playing music has not dwindled in the least amount. To continue to give my passion and skills the room it needs to grow, I decided that teaching others is the best way.
Education relevant to teaching music
Including my musical influence as education, I have been learning since the age of 4 from dancinglistening to music with my parents and cleaning my room to Led Zeppelin. Aside from that, I began guitar lessons at the age of 13 in Middletown Ohio. I gravitated towards the blues because of its influence on so many other genres. I soon developed a love for jazz, classical, and country based off of that. throughout my 6 years of lessons, I learned basic chord theory, arpeggios, scales, modes, intervals and some songs but not standard notation. I played with a combination of the above concepts and my ears. Once I realized how all the concepts fit together, I appreciated each one that much more. In college, I minored in music but only enough to pass the basic music theory courses as I didn't have the finances to complete both my business degree and minor in music. After lessons, I found myself playing more with others which was a different kind of learning. This helped my rhythm and nurtured my ability to compose. Though I do still play with others regularly, I learn more about my craft alone. With the help of online resources, I have learned many tricks for guitar such as cascading harmonics, slide, and capo techniques.
Teaching philosophy and approach to teaching
As many of my favorite teachers approached me-be it my finance or guitar teacher-I would teach not just the concept, but how to develop the mindset to learning the concept. In my experience, learning how to think about the material has been able to spill over into other disciplines more-so than the test-taking mindset of learning to eventually forget. I know what it feels like to be frustrated and then breakthrough within the music learning process specifically with guitar. As a result, I have developed the patience needed to help others through these hurdles.
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