I am a teacher of piano and guitar currently residing in San Francisco, having taught piano for the last ten years and guitar for the last three years. I teach both children and adults in all styles with a focus on popular music. I encourage experimentation and creativity in all my students and allow them to participate in improvisations from the start. My initial focus is on playing music and allowing reading and theory skills to develop at a natural pace.
My lessons for both children and adults are always fun and stimulating and are always individually tailored to each students needs, with a focus on developing constructive practice skills.
As a piano performer, my experience covers many decades and includes clubs, concerts, private events and live radio. As a composer, I have two self-produced, self-released CDs in which I composed, arranged and performed all parts (with the exception of a few pieces that used MIDI drum tracks). These albums created in the 1990s achieved airplay on more than 140 stations on four continents and appeared on several radio program charts as well as a national indie chart (the College 500). Most stations were college and indie stations but a handful were major stations.
I have been playing guitar since 2010 and am self-taught. I currently play fingerstyle arrangements to accompany my own singing in styles including early rock, blues/rock and bossa novas. I studied voice for a year with a classically-trained bel canto instructor from 2009 to 2010 and I also play harmonica and ukulele.
My philosophy is that learning is fun because if it's not, you won't be enjoying your music and, therefore, won't be making progress. That will lead to discouragement and neither of us wants that to happen. Another aspect of my philosophy is that nothing is difficult, only unfamiliar. You only need to gain familiarity to become comfortable and fluent. Each of us learns in a unique way and we will together discover the path to fluency that works best for you.