I pride myself in being very friendly and easy to get along with. When working with me, you will get nothing but good vibes and a friendly face. I like my students to have fun during lessons but I make sure we stay focused on the task at hand. My lessons are accompanied by recital opportunities, quarterly student assesments, and a strong curriculum. I also understand that peopl have busy lives these days. This is why I try to be as accomidating and felxible as I can.
As a TEACHER, I have been fortunate to teach at a collegiate level. To me, this is one of my highest acheivments and not every teacher gets this opportunity.
As a GUITARIST, I have competing in and won several international guitar competitions. I have made a name for myself here and abroad so my students will get what they pay for.
One of the most enjoyable things about giving music lessons is to see and hear the progress in my students playing abilities. Knowing that I've helped to guide the student along to that next level is very fulfilling. Another very enjoyable part of my job is getting to meet and create long term friendships with my students and their families. Growing up, I had several notable mentors. To be able to pay it forward and be a mentor to someone else is an amazing feeling.
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When working with a new customer I like to first meet and do an "assessment" lesson. This lesson is free and usually 15 - 30 minutes. This allows us to meet and greet for the first time as well as giving me an opportunity to see where the student is at and which direction to take them in future lessons. I also like to discuss what the expectations are for the student and/or the student's parent(s).
I have a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance with a music business minor from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. I graduated top of my class (Cum Laude). I also have two years of jazz study at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
On top of my education I also have over a decade of teaching expereince. My most recent position was as part of the guitar department faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.