Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Don't go for cheap or convenient. Don't hire an instructor that just uses a book to teach. In-home servicers don't have a vast resource of materials available for the student. They only provide what they can carry. Don't hire someone who only reads tablature and can't read or write music notation. Definitely don't retain someone who hasn't written a single song! Do hire someone with lots of experience and pays attention to you and the student.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Many others who attempt to teach are not also working as a professional musicians. My wife and I both work professionally all over the first coast region. Also, I minored in Music in college, possess a strong theory background, and wrote and arranged for Stage/Jazz band in both high school and college. I have also traveled all over the world teaching classes in the hig-tech industry.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I like most is that I don't consider it a job but a privelege to teach people of all ages about music and the artistry involved in creating music. Music can be very theraputic to adults, and can help children learn to be better students. Learning an intsrument teaches concentration and focus like no other skill in life. It also opens the perspective of the mind to other cultures because of the many forms that music takes.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would suggest a minimum of 20,000 hours of practice, coupled with performing at least 1000 live shows and get an education. Playing music is one thing, but if you're going to teach, you need to respect your craft, know many different types of music, and understand the fundimentals of music theory.