Private Lessons and Classes

I am delighted to announce that starting in September I will be joining the teaching staff of the Atlanta Irish Music School. I'll be heading up the new adult program offering classes in Irish and Scottish fiddle and Celtic backup guitar.

I will also be offering two all-ages Irish and Scottish Tune Repertoire classes at Musik21 in North Atlanta.

I am currently accepting private students in Atlanta and Asheville. I also teach via Facetime and Skype.



Private Lessons   

Sundays
Decatur, GA
open time slots:
10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 noon
1:00 pm (on alternate weeks)
2:00 pm (on alternate weeks)

Mondays
Musik21, Johns Creek, GA
open time slots:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
8:30 pm

Wednesdays
West Asheville Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
open time slots:
2:00 pm

3:00 pm
5:00 pm

Facetime and Skype lessons available on
flexible schedule







Classes   

Sundays
Atlanta Irish Music School, Paidea School, Atlanta, GA

(alternate weeks)
1:30 - 2:30 Adult Irish Fiddle
2:30 - 3:30 Adult Scottish Fiddle
3:30 - 5:00 All ages Celtic backup guitar (DADGAD and drop-D)


Mondays
Musik21, Johns Creek, GA

6:45 - 8:15 All Ages Irish & Scottish Tune Repertoire Class









Fees   

Private lessons:
$70 per hour ($38 per 30 min.) payble by the month

Classes:
• Atlanta Irish Music School: $15 for one class, $22 for two, payable by the month

• All Ages Irish & Scottish Tune Repertoire Class
at Muisk21 and Marietta: $15 per week, payable by the month

Celtic Guitar Class: $20 per week, payable by the month


Teaching Goals
  

Starting in September I will be heading up the newly created adult program for The Atlanta Irish Music School. I will offer hour-long classes in Irish fiddle, Scottish fiddle, and an all-ages Celtic backup guitar every second week throughout the year. My method of teaching encourages players of widely varying abilities. The cirriculum will be coordinated with that of the Atlanta Junior Celidh Band so that young players who have graduated have a path to be able to continue playing and developing. Classes will be taught by ear, with sheet music and MP3 recordings provided for home study.

I will also be offering an All Ages Irish & Scottish Tune Repertoire Class every Monday at Musik21 in Johns Creek. The pace will be intensive enough to challenge skilled players while being accessible enough for players with more moderate abilities. The goal is to work through a significant body of tunes each quarter (about 4-5 new tunes per week) while also providing a forum for discovering the joy and community of making music with others. For those interested in getting up on the stage, I plan to create numerous performing opportunities throughout the year and teach the components of how to put together an effective program. I will welcome the chance to showcase noteworthy players in these performances, such as those who have won competitions or have excelled in their private lessons. I plan to devote an equal amount of time to Irish and Scottish tunes.

The Celtic backup guitar class is aimed at producing a new generation of Irish and Scottish rhythm guitarists—of which there are currently few! We'll delve into the specialized techniques such DADGAD and Drop-D tunings, characteristic strum styles, and modal harmonies which give Irish and Scottish music its unique and authentic flavor. After introducing each new technique I will then play the tune on my fiddle so students can practice backing me up.

Private lessons are where I can develop solid technique in my students' playing. I was a professional symphony violinist throughout the earlier part of my career [Resume Here]. Although today I am known primarily for my fiddling, I approach teaching and performing with the same attention to

beauty of sound, perfect intonation, ergonomic positions, and playing with verve, charisma, and passion regardless of the style being studied. Depending on the interests of the student, I am happy teaching strictly fiddle music with a focus on appropriate bowing patterns and ornamentation styles; or, for those students who are bound for youth symphony and classical competitions I am equally at home teaching classical repertoire. Blending classical music and fiddle music within the same lesson can also prove satisfying and help to round out a student's abilities. My teaching style intertwines music theory into the learning process so that students truly understand the music they are playing, not just mechanically playing the notes by rote.


Please feel free to call me for more info
and to discuss your interests:
(206) 226-5663