I am a full-time music teacher in Asheville and have taught here for about five years, both privately and in a school setting. I occasionally do recording work from my home studio as well. I graduated from UNCA with a BA in General Music with a concentration in piano performance. I play a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, upright and electric bass, banjo, cello, and more.
Currently, I am a private piano instructor to over thirty students, and teach music at the French Broad River Academy for Girls. I am also a worship leader at Missio Dei Church. My wife and I are expecting our first baby daughter this September.
I love seeing kids get excited about music! It is wonderful to see them gain confidence as they work hard to learn a difficult skill. I also love to see brothers and sisters and friends take what they have learned and use it to play music with each other. While most of us aren’t looking to become professional musicians, I haven’t met a person yet who regrets learning how to play.
While I do usually stick to method books (mostly Suzuki and Hal Leonard), my main focus is getting my students to love music as much as I do. If that means going down an alternative path to learn songs that will keep them practicing, I have no problem doing so. My students learn a large variety of music from classical, to jazz, to pop.
What I Offer: Group Piano Classes (3-4 students): Sign up with friends to learn piano together, or to improve on what you already know. Classes are 45-50 minutes long. Students will learn songs to play together as a group as well as individual solo pieces.
Start a Band (3-6 students): Learn how to play a new instrument or how to use the instrument you already play in a group setting. We’ll play the songs you choose in the style you want. Instruments can include piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, drums, and more.
Private Instruction (piano, guitar, and bass): Learn how to play in the style of your choosing. You’ll learn a variety of skills including sightreading, playing by ear, music theory, and improvisation.