I was raised in a music school. As a teen, I started working there, and by early adulthood, I was point person running the whole business and teaching at the same time. Since then, I have developed an active career, acquiring millions of streams of my music, multiple billboard hits, and sync deals with TV and film. I have and continue to perform my original songs live in front of thousands of people regularly.
As a kid, however, I was not the “most talented”. I was passed over for leads in musicals and subsequently worked very hard to understand every part of my voice and how to make it do what I wanted. I applied that same rigor to my piano. As a result, I have a very unique and well rounded point of view on teaching, and its one of my favorite things to do.
I love when a student comes to me with a real question: "How do I hit this high note?" "How do I do vibrato?" "How do I properly use the pedal?" Instantly, I perk up. I love helping people figure out how to be able to do what they want to do. I live for that moment when someone exclaims "Oh!"
The facility is gorgeous, Jaki is young, and fun, and quite frankly the only teacher I've found that my daughter even likes! She actually practices now!
I will ask a few questions to assess their history with the particular instrument as well as music in general. I will ask what their favorite genre is, who some of their favorite artists are, what their favorite song is. I remember being a kid and having teachers that didn't care what I liked, didn't care what I wanted to learn about, and it was disencouraging. Finally, I met a teacher who wanted to know what I wanted to know, and everything changed. I want to be that teacher for my students.
I have taken lessons since I was 8 years old from such names as Rosemary Butler (Linda Ronsdadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne), Eric Lyn (The Voice, Childish Gambino, Joe Jonas, Masters in Voice from CSUN), Alexis Lopez (American Idol), and more.
I have extensive personal experience, singing for TV and Film, (Snowden, Are You The One? MTV, Absolution), as well as for producers and labels all over the world, and live performances all over the US.
I was working the front desk of Monster Music Lessons when one of our teachers no showed. I was the only person there and it was an intro piano lesson. I had already taken 8 years of classical piano lessons at that point, and my boss saw it perfectly fine to have me fill in. After that, she offered me a full on promotion to a teaching position. I quickly fell in love.
I have students as young as 4 and as old as 65.