Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Learning how to read music including music theory is important. I always prepare my younger students for a chance to receive a scholarship in music or voice when they reach high school level. Do not take lessons from a teacher that wants to teach by ear. That is a gift from God and a teacher cannot teach a student to have an ear. Price does not determine quality. Degree does not determine teaching ability. A teacher has to know how to relate to each individual student. A good old fashion method works best for a student to learn how to read music. Some of the modern methods are to shallow for music theory.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Good principles. Good Morals. A teacher that offers a Christian Based Lesson Structure. Good references available and good teaching skills with all ages. Experience is a plus. Knowing how to relate to each individual along with having good business ethics. Having compassion for a student if the student has a disability problem.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Having an instrument to practice on. Having the funds to pay for lessons on a continues basis. Parents should have the patience to encourage their children if they are having a hard time learning. Parents should not get mad if it is taking the student longer than what the parent thinks it should take to learn. Adults should really want to stick the learning process out and not put a time limit on learning. And finally having a practice schedule in order to learn and a day and time cleared out to take lessons.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have been teaching since 1965 and being in show business since 1959, I have the ability to build a relationship with the student. Many years of playing, singing, writing music and producing records has helped me teach people how to really do it and not just become a robot doing it. I offer Christian Based Lessons because I know God honors great musicians and singers and it is important for me being a leader to honor God in teaching music. My pricing is very reasonable. I work with young students to set the foundation in getting a scholarship if they want to hit that goal.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Honor God first and foremost in teaching others what I know. Helping people that have been scared of learning, thinking they can't do it and I show them that they can do it. Watching many of my former students playing and singing as they got older, using what I taught them.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Yes! I'm asked how long will it take, which my answer is simple. How many hours will you practice and be honest with your assignments?
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I started taking piano lessons from Hoseck School Of Music in 1951 and took from her for many years, 5 days a week. Then I attended Don McCord's School of music learning how to teach Guitar, Bass, Drums, 5 String Banjo and Organ. Might what to mention that I was trained by my Mother in voice for 10 years. She was a professional musician and vocalist. Taught for various music stores in the Dallas area. Was a Las Vegas act for 40 years, traveling in 43 states performing and playing. My communication skills are very strong with all ages and personalities thanks to my show business career. Author of "How A Singer Can Make A Living On The Road".
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Mother was a professional singer and musician and this is the vocation she choose for me. I had a stage mom that also taught me music.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. No matter what genre, get a mentor, trainer and make sure that they have walked the walk. Not a person that has a degree only but has not performed as a professional musician or vocalist. Not every thing on paper means a person teaching music knows the loop holes of learning the how to's. That comes from many years of doing it.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Communication with all ages. Musicianship including music theory and application. Teaching how to read music and if a student is taking voice, how to breath, diaphragm technique, how to learn how to sing like the pros. And the most important part is having fun learning!