BM, UNLV (Music Education)
BM, UNLV (Music Performance/Classical Guitar)
MM, UNLV (Music Performance/Classical Guitar)
Student teaching Las Vegas Academy, 7 years private studio teacher, Dixie State University.
6 straight years Superior rating @ Region Solo/Ensemble (Guitar Ensemble). 5 straight years Superior Rating @ State Solo/Ensemble (Guitar Ensemble). 10+ Superior Rating @ State Solo/Ensemble (soloists).
2022-23 Class Schedule
|A1||Comm Music/Next||B1||Guitar Workshop|
|A2||Guitar Workshop||B2||Guitar Methods|
|A3||Guitar Workshop||B3||Guitar Methods|
Personal: I’ve always been drawn to styles/music from people who present it in a different light than others. The ones who introduce new techniques, or new ways to utilize standard techniques. I’m inspired by MANY guitarists, so here is my condensed version. Ichika Nito and Tim Henson inspire me musically/technically through their unique use of rhythm and extended techniques. Marek Pasciezny and Alexander Misko constantly expand what can be done on the guitar, in terms of fingerstyle technique, and what can be presented on the instrument sonically. Julian Lage presents his music in such a unique voice that it is impossible to replicate. You can play his music, but you’ll never be able to play it and sound like Julian. John 5 is my inspiration for being proficient in almost any style/genre. He is a student of the instrument and is constantly exploring stylistic tendencies and how to sound authentic in any genre. He is my inspiration in my own quest to be proficient in almost all styles, so that I can help ALL my students in their musical interests/goals.
School: I look more towards colleges/conservatories in terms of what I would like my program to be. Most high school programs make all students specialize in a specific style. A big majority use the classical style as their model. I am a classical specialist myself and adore that style of guitar, however the guitar is in many genres of music, and each one has their own specific techniques. I want to give individual students the time/space to explore and find their voice with the instrument, and help them specialize when they do so. Berklee College of Music presents many options in different styles of guitar with an outstanding faculty. I look to them as a premier institution and one that helps students with their specific musical goals in whatever style they choose. I look to grant my students that same atmosphere as they continue on their musical journey’s, whether it be commercial or collegiate.