I developed my teaching philosophy while attending Berklee College of Music. I practiced more than simply reading notes and playing them. I learned why the notes sounded good in a certain order, why a chord is played at certain times, the importance of timing and rhythm. I try too instill in my students this kind of in-depth understanding and appreciation of music.
I believe that the teacher should not give all the answers but challenge the students to figure out the answers for themselves. Give them the basic tools to do so, then guide them until they have found it. This allows the student a deeper understanding of material and the ability to learn for themselves.
Three years, even since I graduated from Berklee College of Music.
Traveling the country with A Christmas Story Tour. It was a great experience, both professionally and personally, to perform in front of so many different audiences.
I had been teaching two sisters the drums and guitar for a few weeks. Their parents told me how much progress the girls had made during that time and how much they look forward not only to each lesson, but also to practicing their instruments at home. To me, that’s the best kind of compliment!
Italy is one of my favorite countries, specifically Florence. It is such a beautiful city, full of historical landmarks. I will never forget my visit to Galleria del Accademia to see Michelangelo’s statue of David. Seeing this magnificent piece of art up close remains one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.
English, but my visit to Florence inspired me to learn Italian. It is still on my bucket list!
Stevie Wonder, a great musician and a great guy. I was surprised to learn that his real name is Stevland Judkins. “Wonder” suits him much better because he is wonder-ful!
I like to draw in my free time. I enjoy “creating” something new on a blank piece of paper. Drawing is also a great exercise for the hands, very useful for a musician.
I am a musical theater nerd, so lately I’ve been listening to Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton.