I come from a deaf household. Both my parents are ASL professors at Sacramento State University. American Sign Language was my first language. There wasn’t much music around the house.
I was 15 when I got my first guitar. I had no idea how to use it and it was painful to play. I bought or borrowed every music theory book I could and signed up for all the music class available in high school. Youtube helped greatly. I was tone deaf for a long time. It took years for me to understand music. I learned most of it the hard way. I’m glad I didn’t give up.
Before teaching music, I worked in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a personal tutor for kids on the autism spectrum. I strive to practice the principles of ABA when teaching music.
I enjoy working with students who typically struggle under normal classroom settings. I feel lessons should always be reinforcing for the student, and the curriculum continually updated to fit their preferred learning style.
I primarily teach at New Songs School of Music. I also substitute teach with School of Rock, and give private lessons on the side.
My favorite subjects to teach are music theory, guitar, ukulele, piano, and voice.
Words of Wisdom
I remember when music seemed like magic. It still feels like magic, but it no longer feels impossible. The two best bits of advice I can give are:
- Play music with friends and family
- Practice your Scales & Arpeggios.
I prefer music that encourages dancing and singing. People don’t sing and dance enough.
I enjoy playing Folk, Swing, Latin, Classical, Circus, and Blues