Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Styles of teaching can vary a little from teacher to teacher. It's important that you have a teacher who is on the same page as you. I would encourage anyone who is under me to seek out other sources if they think it's not working. It's the utmost importance that a teacher helps you reach your full potential. To be fair though, the responsibility mostly falls to you, the student, for increasing in skill; because a teacher can only show the way.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Don't blow a ton of money on someone who says they're from a famous rock band or have experience in the industry. Having professional experience is one thing, being able to pass on that knowledge (teaching) is another. Just because someone has and impressive portfolio doesn't mean that they'll be the right teacher for you. Always check references when they are available. If not then the only other way to really know is to try a lesson or 2 with the instructor. But remember, it's up to you to apply yourself with practice. A teacher can only do so much. They can't learn it for you.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I haven't taken the time to compare myself to the other instructors in the area. All I can say is this. I have a passion for music and teaching. I always exercise patience and understanding with my students. I will work with you until you get it right. I don't put a time limit on when someone should learn something. Everyone learns at a different pace.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I have a passion for music that is constantly growing. There is no limit to what I can learn from music. There are so many styles and instruments out there that I could keep learning till the day I die. Music will never get old to me and it will never be boring.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One student I had been teaching only a few months sent me an exciting text one day. She said she taught herself a song. She was very excited. That was a proud moment for me to know that I had shown her how to do it herself. It's important that a student not just know the "what" but also the "why" so they can eventually branch out on their own.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Over the years I would help friends and family out with music. I'd show them the "ropes" and eventually realized I really enjoyed it. I decided to get into teaching more officially in 2010.