Experience and Qualifications

I have played guitar for close to 30 years and have taught music technology (recording/production), music theory, and music history at the university level for ten years. I have been teaching guitar lessons over the past 20 years and enjoy working privately with students of all ages and at all levels. I am equally comfortable teaching classical, jazz, pop/rock, and folk/blues. In addition to my university teaching, I have also taught private theory lessons to students at all levels and have successfully prepared students for Royal Conservatory theory exams as well as a post-secondary audition.

In lessons, my goals are to build a comfortable rapport with students and teach students with music that they enjoy. I go out of my way to find music and learning resources that will be interesting, challenging, and appealing to students, rather than sticking exclusively to what can be found in a textbook. In each lesson, I set one reachable goal that a student will be able to achieve within the lesson’s duration and assign a realistic amount of work to be practised at home.

In terms of my university teaching, most recently, I was a full-time visiting professor of Music Technology and Music Composition and Director of the Recording Studio at Clark University in Worcester, MA for three years from 2015-2018. My playing and compositional work have been performed at venues across Canada and the US and have been broadcast nationwide on CBC Radio 2. I have a PhD in Music Composition from University at Buffalo (State University of New York), an MA in Composition from York University and a BA in Music from Carleton University.