I believe that life is a story that each of us is telling with each day. I am drawn to the idea of working hard to help other people tell the best story possible and I believe that music is one medium through which I can do that. I know that music has made me a better listener, communicator, thinker, feeler, and developed many other indispensable skills in me. I want to use music to help others thrive. My philosophy is to contextualize lessons to each student's goals and needs so the musical journey is as unique as the person traveling. I have been playing instruments for 15+ years and teaching for 7, both as a private instructor and as a music leader in a church setting. I have a B.A. in Music from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul where I majored in cello. I am excited to connect!
I love getting to know students and helping them acheive their goals! I believe in holistic growth beyond just making music. I see lessons as an opportunity for both the student and myself to continue to get better musically and otherwise!
Jared is talented, knowledgable, and seems to enjoy challenges. He is reliably on time and easy to communicate with.
I took in home lessons with Jared over a 3 month period with an emphasis on improvisation and soloing techniques. He was always prompt, on time and extremely professional. His lessons were very relaxed but challenging and he answered all of my questions in a calm and thoughtful manner. My lessons were self-paced which was perfect because I have a busy work schedule. During each individual lesson, Jared challenged me to play ideas that were musical and appealing to the ear rather than getting bogged down in technique and scales. He knows his music theory too and could often relate musical concepts in extremely accessible terms. I just wish that I could continue lessons with him, but life got too busy (work, new baby). I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to grow as a musician and explore their own musical ideas.
Jared has been teaching guitar to my daughter since June 2017 (12 years old when started). He has been spectacular with her. He teaches her different songs that teach her different techniques until she is proficient with each technique. She learned a lot from him very quickly. And we all like Jared very much!