My foremost objective as a teacher is to provide a well-rounded music education for my students. Music, as a craft, an artistic expression, and a body of culture, must all be discovered, investigated, and integrated in order to be a complete, twenty-first century musician. My mission is to empower students with the tools to allow them to be ambassadors of social change in a time when music as an art is endangered both fiscally and culturally.
My classical guitar students are asked to create a daily technical routine, drawing from the proven methodologies of Scott Tennant and Richard Iznaola. Additionally, to build a virtuoso technique and to prevent injury, every student must understand how the body interacts with the instrument through a serious study of Aaron Shearer’s method book. In terms of repertoire, the students need to immerse themselves, not only in the classical canon of guitar compositions, but also draw inspiration from the music of our time. I ask them to read poetry to understand musical prosody, the literature that inspired many composers, and to study music history and theory, as pertaining to music of the guitar and beyond. All of this is absolutely essential to be both a viable and valuable musician in today's society.