1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My background is in visual arts, specifically animation and 3d modeling. During my time in college I was also learning how to write music and record it. During those same years I started a band and began playing live shows to small crowds. We grew and still play music and write albums. I soon found a passion for sharing my knowledge because I was completely self taught and self motivated. So I had to find the answers for questions I didn’t know existed. As a teacher I try to pass on as much of what I’ve learned as I can.
2. Why did you want to become a teacher/tutor?
I wanted to become a teacher because I always wished I had a music teacher growing up. Teaching has revealed parts of music I never thought much about initially until I tried to teach it. Through teaching I’ve become a better guitarist and musician in general.
3. Tell us about a positive experience that you’ve had with a student.
A past student of mine who was actually much older than most of my other students, a grandfather no less, left me with a new perspective about guitar and music. He always wanted to play the blues. It was his favorite music. And after 60 years he got to finally play his favorite tunes. It was remarkable how even an older man had the same look of hunger, excitement, awe, that a young student has. He was frustrated at first, but after a few months he was playing with real confidence and fluidity. It showed me that the spark doesn’t go away with age, as long as there are new things to learn.
4. What’s the best part about being a tutor/teacher?
The best part of teaching is seeing a students reaction to playing something that was once impossible to them.
5. Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?
I never had a favorite teacher, mostly because I had so many great teachers. I’ve had many teachers in many subjects I enjoyed, and they all had a unique way of passing on their knowledge. Each subject needed a special explanation to help really understand, and so I can’t really choose. I will say my music teacher in grade school was uniquely special. She used music as a way to calm down entire classrooms with three simple claps of her hand. It was the beginning of a song that she taught us and everyone gladly would join in rather than keep talking. I just saw it as almost magical that she could draw our full attention and better teach us by using a song she had entirely made up.
6. What’s your favorite educational quote?
Practice makes perfect
7. Why do you like working for iAchieve Learning?
IAchieve really provides a safe and comfortable system to teach under. Not only are the teachers given freedom to teach in their own ways, but the parents are actively looking to participate and help the children practice which makes the whole process twice as effective if not more.
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