What or who inspired you to start teaching?
I was called to teach by a friend of mine. He was wanting to play guitar and he offer to gather some students
together and have me teach a beginner class.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to take a person`s inspiration to play a popular song and make it real. Motivation is half of what it takes.
Along with some discipline and the right strategy (teacher), people can be very fulfilled playing music.
What types of students have you worked with?
I`ve taught preschoolers and seniors and everyone in between. Actually, I was a Montessori teacher for numerous
years so I have a lot of experience with children. This is where I learned about the importance of motivation and
making the lesson concrete. This is why I focus on specific songs, songs that the student would die to be able to
play. The aspirant highly motivated and the process of learning is led by this motivation.
Tell us about your passion for teaching:
I love expression, whether it`s musical, artistic, literary, theatrical or dancing. The word HUMAN is two words HU
and MAN. HU is an Egyptian word for God. Man refers to the mammals that we are. We are a hybrid of what is here
and now and what is beyond. Expression gives voice to both these parts of us, the parts that are innately ourselves
and to a vast repository of our potential. In addition, music is uniquely expressive because it can incorporate all of the
art forms (think of a music video)!
What advice would you give aspiring students?
Pick music that you love. Practice at least three times a week for at least 15 minutes a session but no longer than an hour. When you get to bottlenecks ( places where the flow of the song slows down ), loop that transition, from the last
chord before the bottleneck to the chord where it starts to move faster again. Keep practicing. When we stay
focused, we can`t see our progress as well but it`s actually when we`re having the most advancement.