I believe in the importance of guiding my students while they are learning, but not by imposing a strict curriculum. I prefer to move at their own pace so they feel comfortable and not stressed. When students are at ease, they learn much more efficiently and have more fun while they are at it!
I think it’s important to individualize the curriculum for each student because all people learn differently. That’s why I always customize my instruction to each student’s personality, level of proficiency, likes and dislikes.
Two years. I am currently studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and will be graduating in 2019.
I played at the Panama Jazz Festival in 2014. It was such an honor to perform alongside internationally acclaimed jazz artists from around the globe. They were and still are a big inspiration to me.
I often get positive comments from my students or their parents, praising my teaching technique, patience, and genuine interest I show in each student. Just the other day a pupil told me that I have “a very creative teaching style.” This kind of feedback is heartwarming and it inspires me to keep teaching to the best of my ability.
I traveled to Japan which I liked a lot because Tokyo reminded me of New York, though the city is much cleaner and less chaotic. People are polite and friendly. And even though there are plenty of Japanese restaurants in NYC, you’d have to go to Tokyo to get the real taste of specialties like nigiri, a type of sushi consisting of a slice of raw fish over pressed vinegar rice.
English, which seems to work in most countries, though it would be great to learn other languages as well so that nothing is lost in translation!
Jimi Hendrix because I think he was one of the greatest guitarist/performers of all time. I have always been inspired by his songs like Purple Haze and, of course, Hey Joe…
I like strategy games like chess and yu gi oh, which is a Japanese collectible card battle I learned to play in Japan.
A lot of Led Zeppelin recently, as well as the Allman Brothers.