I love teaching beginning and intermediate woodwind and string players. A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step. For me it was early support by family and friends that encouraged me to try my luck at Middle School Jazz Band, where I began learning music theory and improvising on and off the stage. During those awkward 8th grade months I bought an electric guitar and an excellent teacher; a graduate of The Berklee School of Music, taught me how to play it. My teacher, Joe Pulsifer, sat in with Aerosmith and encouraged me as I began the writing of my first songs. I hauled my guitars and saxophones to Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 to attend Emory University where I was coached in Jazz Improvisation on my horns by legendary keyboardist Paul Mitchell. When I wasn’t fulfilling my scholarly duties at Emory I spent my free time working on my craft and my performance arts at nightclubs. My drive earned me a summer of gigs on Sax and Harmonica with my college-friend (soon to be Grammy Winner) Amy Ray. One thing led to another and soon I was co-writing a song with Michelle Malone and cutting guitar, sax and vocal tracks on Michelle Malone’s debut rock album. Doing some touring in the Southeast with Michelle Malone and with Indigo Girls(for whom I wrote the Platinum-selling song “Thin Line”) in the late 1980s gave me the opportunity to write songs and perform as a job. Throughout the 90s I did this both as a solo artist and with regionally and nationally touring bands and musical theatre productions. In 2000 I began teaching at Sandy Spring’s Atlanta Country Day School as a Woodwinds and Strings teacher, Voice coach, and Director of the schools many concerts and theatre productions. I also taught guitar, clarinet, ukelele and saxophones both privately and at Alpharetta’s Elephant Notes Music School. Today I am glad to be enjoying over 20 years of teaching music in Metro Atlanta. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays I teach Saxophones, Clarinet, Guitar, and Ukelele.
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We discuss the kinds of music and the types of songs and artists they would like to learn from while studying their instrument. During the first lesson I assess the new students level of music education, what their equitment and instruments needs are, and what method books will work best for them.