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Most Outstanding Student 1998 - Musicians Institute
I am a professional musician, educator and session bassist, currently residing in Los Angeles. Formerly self-taught, I received my education at Musicians Institute, where I graduated as Most Outstanding Student of the year 1998. Since then I have been playing, teaching and recording internationally and locally with a wide range of artists, covering nearly every style of contemporary music, from jazz/fusion to rock/metal. I recently released two solo albums with classical music adapted for the bass guitar.
Experienced in teaching, performing, composition and recording, I offer tailor-made lessons to the students' individual wants or needs. Each lesson will be accompanied by written examples of the material gone over in our lessons, in notation or tablature, depending on the students' request. During our first lessons I will assess the students' level of skill and adjust my lesson plan from there, whether this involves basic technique, knowledge of the fretboard, knowledge of theory, music reading or vocabulary.
My methods all depend on the students' needs and/or wishes; one lesson plan/method does not necessarily fit all students. Especially with adult students I think it is essential to cater to the students' goal. If this involves the need to learn certain techniques, requires knowledge of music theory or the ability to read music, I will advise the student so. From there we can set up a lesson plan and practice schedule that creates a path towards obtaining the students' original goals. In my experience this often leads to success!
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. A happy student is a good student and will more than likely achieve their goals.
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