Everyone is unique in how and what they want to learn. I use positive encouragement to teach what is needed for the next step with the instrument. Students learn technique for dexterity, songs for the ear and theory so they understand the why’s in music.
My method has evolved over time to meet the demands of changing musical styles and I have developed plenty of material to help students achieve their musical goals. My ambitions for each student are simple- I want them to enjoy music and experience a sense of accomplishment from the learning process. In short, I work to make lessons fun and educational! Most beginning pupils will learn to play a song in the first couple of lessons. Handouts and music tracks are used to enhance the lessons.
I teach all levels of students from beginner to advanced as well as the “signed artist” who have recording deals and need a little extra coaching. I have taught well known musician’s family members and many of my former students have gone on to make a career of their own in music as teachers, performers or composers.
Erika Jo, Nashville Star 3rd season winner
Brad Cotter, Nashville Star 2nd season winner.
Eddy Raven, Country Music Legend, seven number one hits
Johnny Lee, Urban Cowboy
Bayou Boys-Doug Kershaw, Eddy Raven and Jo-El Sonnier
Lone Wolf, led by former bassist of Steppen Wolf, Nick St. Nicholas
Greg Long, CCM Pop Artist
Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Big band swing
Christy McDonald, Nashville Star Contestant
Beth Cayhall, up and coming Artist
Candy Coburn, New Country Artist
The Trailer Park Troubadours, Musical Comedy
!Stereo-Hype!, 80’s Top 40
Stretta 2.0, Corporate Band
Maxheadroom, 80’s Cover Band
Keni Thomas, singer and former United States Army Ranger who served in The Battle of Mogadishu, portrayed in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down
Nate Latta, Americana/Rockabilly Artist
The MiniDriver Band, Ventura County’s Award Winning Cover Band
Performed on the Grand Ole Opry and at Fan Fair with Eddy Raven
Performed on Nashville Star with Erika Jo, aired on USA Network television
Performed at the 2002 Country Gold in Japan, aired on Great American Country
Performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City
Recorded on three nationally distributed recordings with Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
Performed in the Act the Scat video with Denver and the Mile High Orchestra