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Teaching & Lessons

Please feel free to contact me here with any questions or requests regarding teaching availability.

About me as a teacher: I recognize that each person is different, has a particular taste, and most importantly, has a way of learning that is unique and must be addressed individually. As a teacher I am very encouraging. I challenge my students' talents and skills and offer them the highest quality instruction catered to their musical preferences.

I've been teaching for over 15 years, and I've taught a great deal in private as well as group settings. Throughout this time, I've developed a method to teach the guitar for complete beginners. It incorporates learning by imitation, as well as introducing and reinforcing concepts of music literacy, theory, ear training and sight reading for the guitar, all while relying on the student's ability and taste to regulate the choice of material and the pace of the lessons. As the student's ability grows, I adapt the methodology to fit the person's needs, maintaining a balance between practice, theory and performance. For younger children, I use a wide variety of games and didactic materials that introduce songs and musical concepts appropriately.

Two years ago, I began to program a seasonal student recital, which has become a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their work and talents with their families and friends.

Styles: I can teach Rock, Jazz, Classical and Latin American guitar, as these are the styles I play most of the time. I've also taught Blues, Pop, R&B, Funk, Heavy Metal, Fusion, Folk, Latin. As far as music theory, I have experience teaching harmony, ear training, songwriting, arranging, orchestration, as well as jazz history and general music History.

For younger kids I use a wide variety of games and didactic materials that introduce songs and musical concepts appropriately.

Lessons can be taught in Spanish as well.

Availability: Currently I teach in the Jackson Heights, Queens, area, from my studio (located on 78 street between 34th and 35th avenues). Please contact me with any questions.

Some major influences: Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Williams, Andres Segovia, J.S. Bach, Leo Brower, Agustin Barrios, Antonio Lauro, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Hendrix, Metallica, B.B. King, Steve Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Joe Satriani, Jethro Tull, Gipsy Kings, Flamenco Music, Guns n' Roses, The Eagles, Eddie Van Halen, and many, many others.

Experience: Private Music Instructor (guitar, bass and beginning piano) in the New York area, including Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and Westchester County, as well as in my private studio. [06/2005 - Present]

Faculty member at the New York Jazz Academy (an amazing learning experience for all those with an interest in jazz). [08/2009 - Present]

Also, teacher for many years at Encore Music Lessons, a great company specialized in in-home lessons.

Teaching Fellow for the Jazz Guitar Program, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Duties included teaching private guitar lessons, and assisting UNT Jazz Guitar Professor, Fred Hamilton, in the instruction of master classes. [08/2004 - 05/2005]

Director of the L-5 guitar ensemble, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Duties included rehearsal preparation and conducting; performance scheduling and logistics; arranging and writing music for the ensemble; as well as other related tasks. [08/2004 - 05/2005]

Guitar Instructor for the Community Music Program at the University of North Texas, teaching students of all ages and proficiency levels. [01/2004 - 05/2005]

Education: Master's of Music in Jazz Studies (MM), University of North Texas [2005] Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies (BM), University of North Texas [2003] Music Degree, with an emphasis on Classical Guitar (BM), Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia [2000]

Please feel free to contact me here for any questions or requests regarding teaching availability.