A child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for music will always be the most powerful tool for teaching. I let the student lead the way and choose songs they are most passionate about. From there, I guide them step by step, helping them hone their skills and love for learning.
The right way to teach is to find a middle ground. The student must initially be very excited about what they are learning. From there, we can start to deconstruct and add more elements. For example, we choose a song they love and then build on it by getting into the music theory, chord structure, rhythms, and some notation. We also incorporate theoretical aspects after learning by ear. This to me is a great technique to keep the student engaged: learn the “technical side” of music, but also sneak in a lot of theory in a fun way.
It has been seven years, which I have enjoyed tremendously.
Starting my own record label, releasing my record, and being able to tour around the country.
A student once said to me after a lesson: “This is the most fun time I’ve ever had.” I was so touched by this comment because my goal is not just to teach, but also to do it in the most engaging and interesting way possible.
Cuba. Its traditions, music, and culture are extraordinary and remind me of my motherland, Venezuela. I particularly enjoyed meeting the people. They made me realize that no matter where we live, we are all basically all the same. And music brings everyone together!
English, French, and Spanish.
Buffy Sainte-Marie. This wonderful singer/songwriter is a legend of protest music and a big hero of mine.
I have been tap dancing since I was 10. It requires lots of coordination, agility, and a good ear — all the skills that a musician needs.
Richie Havens – Mixed Bag