Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) - Guitar Performance & Composition
Tim Miller, Mark White, Gabriel Datcu, Sandip Burman, Mike McKissack
I think that emotional responses are the best way to improve our artistry, while structure and routine improve our performance skills and understanding of musical language. I try to balance the repetitive exercises and challenges with laughs, surprises, and trying to get students to creatively listen to the colorful palette of sounds. In the process, I also want to learn what music inspires them as we work towards our specific goals as musicians. Guitar is my area of expertise (electric, acoustic, bass), and I perform in various genres, including jazz and fusion, pop, hip hop, metal and rock, folk as well as various types of world music. I think of song repertoire as our structure and language, rhythm as our grounding and exercise, and melodies and scales as our expression of feelings.
Cameroonian Bassist Gros Pokossi
Nigerian Pop Artist Nneka
Guitarist Gabriel Datcu
Cellist Ian Maksin
Indian Classical Tabla master Sandip Burman.
Interests outside of Music: Basketball, Soccer, Dogs, Hiking, Sci-Fi Books & Film
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Einstein
Preparation. Surround yourself with the learning tools you need on a daily basis: your instrument, your favorite recordings and albums (listening counts as practice), a metronome, tuner, sheet music, your music journal and a pencil.