General Philosophy and Approach

I believe that everybody is inherently musical. If you love music, then you have what it takes to be a musician. Reinforcing and feeding whatever it is that you are most excited and curious about is my priority as a teacher, so topics tend bounce around quite a bit between, or even during lessons. For example, a student’s burning question will always take precedence over the curriculum at hand.

I find this “bounce around” approach to be tremendously effective and nourishing. It allows music to feel more like the language it is, rather than a set path of information to be learned in an arbitrarily organized order. Curiosity is the best educator. With this strategy, topics naturally get reinforced as they come up again and again, keeping them fresh and exciting. At the same time, I keep track of all topics covered, follow up on them purposefully, and take note of where they fit in to the big picture curriculum; a student’s stated vision and goals.

My teaching style is extremely patient, attentive, and encouraging. I’m confident in being able to foster a high level of musicianship for those who are serious, and to nurture exciting musical growth for those who are more laid back. I put a lot of effort into making sure that students are enjoying each lesson and appreciating the long process it takes to become a proficient musician.

Click on the categories to the right to see what I have to say about specific topics and how I incorporate them into my teaching approach.