Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A. I like to get together to find out what their musical likes are, and their goals. Is music a hobby, or do they want to become professional? Do they want to jam w/others, write songs, sing, learn how to apply music theory? Then, I tell them my backround, experience, and play for them. It's important to connect personally and for the student to feel comfortable w/their teacher. We schedule a regular time slot, and work towards goals. In Austin, they can hear great musicians (besides me) and stay inspired! some scholarships are avail for families who otherwise cannot afford music lessons.
Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. I watch and work with other musicians, and basically practice constantly. Nuts and bolts. I leave the tech stuff and recording up to the engineers. However, the ear...I have got the producer's EAR. I hear tone, balance, blend of instruments and the slightest "flatness" of anything!
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. I price by the 1/2 hr, 45 mins, and hour lessons. I also do workshops and group lessons and recording. Prices vary for different projects- as I said, limited scholarships are available.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. Wanted to be in music since I was a kid!
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Have taught all ages, pretty much everybody- and I've worked and recorded w/pros, like Champ Hood, Julie Burrell (jazz) Jacque Schaffer, folks at the Austin Lyric Opera, videographers, poets, gospel singers (Judy Arnold of Zach Scott fame) country singers, Austin Chamber Music Group, KUT, etc, etc.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. We do the BoeDee Student Showcases several times a year, and my students sing, play guitar, bass and generally rock out! Lots of fun. They learn to help w/ stage set-up.
Also, I have a theatrical rock band and we perform for conventions, often for hundreds of people- I like the teamwork aspect of being in a band for the past 12 years!
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Try a free, sample lesson- with me, then someone else.... then decide :) Also, my prices are excellent. For what you'd have to pay a "rock camp" you could fly to Europe!
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. Not all professional players are good teachers. Some just teach to make a little extra money, but teaching music requires understanding the learning curves of different age groups, and also working w/different personality types. It does require patience, which not all run of the mill guitar players have.