General Music Instruction K - 5th Vocal Music Choral Performance K - 8th Private instruction in piano, songwriting and music production Youth and children's pastor - 10 years
I use lots of motion and action, manipulatives and hands on activities to teach music theory. I use lots of analogies, comparisons and object lessons to teach character. I believe in the power of affirmation - that words are seeds and that ideas have consequences. I believe good music is the best platform to get good words to resonate and reverberate through young minds (and old ones too!).
Song Contest Winner 2013 United Way Concert and Song Contest CMA Music Teachers of Excellence 2016, 2017, 2018
B.A.: Jazz Composition - The Ohio State University M.A. Teaching and Learning - Trevecca Nazarene University
I am the son of a music teacher and a computer systems engineer, grown up in Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock-n-roll Hall of Fame. Music is in my blood. I was a Youth and Children's pastor for 10 years where I developed a passion to see kids develop a moral compass, social skills, and personal traits like self-control, industry and responsibility. The past several years in the public school system has solidified my belief that wisdom and skill are difficult to transmit and dangerous to possess without a foundation of useful purpose in service to mankind. Martin Luther King, Jr. rightly said, "...intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."