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
I LOVE MUSIC! I love teaching it, playing it, writing it, recording it, and, of course, listening to it! I love seeing the look on a student’s face when it “clicks” and they achieve a new musical goal. I love my adopted state of Tennessee and the Southeast region in general, and I love my native state of New Hampshire the New England region. Rooting for the home team means rooting for both the Titans AND the Patriots, the Predators AND the Bruins, the Grizzlies AND the Celtics, and the Braves AND the Red Sox (after all, the Braves used to be the “Boston Braves”).
Education relevant to teaching music
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. I have 10+ years experience teaching music in public and private schools from small town New England to Metropolitan Nashville. I have 20+ years performance experience, including 10+ years performing with Nashville recording artists on regional, national, and international tours.
Teaching philosophy and approach to teaching
Keeping students motivated to keep practicing and learning is vital. The number of obstacles that a new student has to overcome to start making music can seem daunting. I believe it is important for a student to know the joy of playing a familiar melody as soon as possible. That is a terrific motivator for a beginner. The same holds true with intermediate students. A song that a student wants to learn can be a great springboard for learning new musical concepts from rhythms to reading to theory. I believe in a well-rounded approach where students can learn the music they like while still building a strong, traditional foundation.
In Teachers Studio, Online
Approach for online teaching
Online lessons are taught via Skype or Zoom. I teach from my studio at Knoxville Academy of Music for students anywhere in the United States with an internet connection.