I try to find out where student is at, where they want to go, and help them get there.
I celebrate the uniqueness of every student, helping them in their journey to uncover what is their distinct musical voice.
Listen to what everyone has to say, think about it, respond truthfully and intelligently.
I like to bring students along from beginners to real fluency on their instruments.
Whether I teach beginning or advanced students, I strive to teach information that is practical and that the student will enjoy. Lessons should be fun and interesting as much as they are useful and advancing to the student's individual performance. I try to encompass the learning of songs, reading, improvisation and technique into all levels of my students, and take great pleasure in helping my students along their individual paths of learning music.
I do my best to pass along the knowledge of my years of experience. This saves my students a tremendous amount of time by avoiding the pitfalls and mistakes that I had to learn by trial and error. Every student learns at his or her own pace. I am very patient and friendly and try to adjust my teaching style to what the student needs. Students are encouraged to be literate, well rounded musicians who excel at the style of music they choose to study.