How would you describe yourself as a teacher?

I've been playing music for over fifteen years, and teach kids and adults of all skill levels. My specialties include pop, folk, rock, blues, jazz, fingerpicking, and improvisation on both acoustic and electric guitar. The only thing I love as much as writing and performing is sharing my passion with other people and seeing them gain confidence in their newfound abilities.

The only thing I love as much as writing and performing is sharing my passion with other people and seeing them gain confidence in their newfound abilities.

Do you think creativity can be taught?

I think it has more to do with being “untaught". We're so conditioned to think that songs should sound a certain way, that we limit ourselves in terms of what we're willing to experiment with. Some of my best material has come from mistakes - and my openness to those very mistakes. Ultimately what it comes down to is expressing your voice in the most honest way possible, and not letting anything get in the way of that.

Are you influenced by art forms other than music?

Absolutely! I think it's essential for any artist to expose themselves to as many other mediums as possible. Finding inspiration in architecture, interior design, film, photography, sculpture, painting, etc. allows you to engage with the world around you in a more meaningful way.

What has teaching taught you?

Everyone processes things differently, therefore it's important to use different approaches with each student. I think a lot of teachers get hung up on “their way" of doing things and lose sight of what's best for their student. There's definitely a balance in terms of keeping lessons challenging without causing the student to get frustrated and lose interest.

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