Voice – Piano – Music Theory – Songwriting – Guitar
I am a geek about the brain. My teaching style is highly cognitive in approach and heavily influenced by behavioral psychology. I coach to not only train musical ability, but to develop natural discipline, self-sufficiency, and sustainability in a student’s journey. This takes hard work, collaboration, and careful attention on the part of myself, the student, and parents. This process may seem slow at the beginning, but the learning compounds exponentially when a firm musical foundation has been established.
My average student begins music study between 3- 10 years of age. Many students end up taking combined lessons between instruments, songwriting, the voice and various genres. I do accept teen and adult students on a case by case basis. We learn solid music fundamentals, advanced performance techniques, as well as developmental life skills. I design the curriculum for each student to be tailored to his or her overall goals (and if there are no goals, we find them!). I pull from many training methods including classical (kodaly & suski), pop music styles, and science based vocal techniques.
In addition to developing sustainable technique, a large part of our lessons include developing a practicing routine outside of lessons to support the larger picture of what a student is trying to accomplish. Students generally begin with about 4 practicing days per week at about 20-30 minutes and work toward more within the course of study over time. My music teaching services are concierge style (in the home of the student) or by Skype (for students not in the Nashville or Brentwood, TN areas).
Learning to perform is a large part of the music learning process and it is a beast to be tackled apart even from the learning of music itself. I take great care in preparing students for public performance. In terms of venues, I like to change the location and scope of my student recitals to meet the needs of the majority of my students. I’ve done recitals in candy shops, coffee shops, formal concert halls, and BBQ joints depending on what I feel is right for a particular cohort. The recital fee is included in your weekly lesson fee and there is no additional cost for your student/s to attend other than if you’d like to purchase something at the venue we attend (which most families end up doing).
Fees and Availability
Please contact me for lesson rates and availability. Lessons are pre-paid on a month by month basis to reserve your time slot in my weekly schedule.