Guitar Faculty (electric, acoustic, bass) and Music Production - Garage Band Instructor
With Music Institute of Chicago since:
Significant teachers and mentors:
Tim Miller, Mark White, Gabriel Datcu, Sandip Burman, Mike McKissack
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
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.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Cameroonian Bassist Gros Pokossi
Nigerian Pop Artist Nneka
Guitarist Gabriel Datcu
Cellist Ian Maksin
Indian Classical Tabla master Sandip Burman.
Interests outside of music:
Interests outside of Music: Basketball, Soccer, Dogs, Hiking, Sci-Fi Books & Film
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Einstein
Favorite practice tip:
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.
Favorite composer or piece to play: