One of the most important things to me is learning as much as possible. It’s true that you’re more likely to lose something of it. Having that knowledge that you can get away with more things is what you like about being an instructor and a musician.
As a student how would you recommend a typical school day?
I’d start at about midnight because that’s when I typically start taking homework. I’d start at about 9:30 or 10 and work on every instrument. Sometimes the homework will be on a different instrument, so you might end up learning the first part of a chord on a bass or a guitar and then having to figure out the second part later.
What other educational resources do you recommend for music teachers?
There’s so many great resources out there for those who teach, such as books and the online video series, Lessons from a Guitar Teacher. My personal favorite is YouTube Music School, which is a full course designed to help music teachers cover everything from chord structure to basic chords and scales. These courses cover a long list of topics and in some cases are as long as 20 hours of learning, so they may just be perfect for you.
What’s your most favorite piece of teaching and why?
I’d always love to hear someone else’s take on what I’m teaching them, but I think it’s a lot harder than you might think. You have to ask the person. They have to really understand what you’re doing and talk to you about why they’d be interested. I don’t make up stuff. I get them to sit down and watch a video about something they just played and discuss it with me.
Have you ever received an offer from a school to teach? What did that offer entail?
One of my favorite things to do when I’m teaching is to get some of my teachers involved through Facebook. They’re like my family and I’m grateful that they love the music as much as I do.
And what’s the most frustrating thing a teacher can do when you’re teaching?
What I’ve learned is that when you try to teach something different, you’re not going to understand it. If you just focus on a certain style, they’re not going to understand it. They might tell you they love the song but it sounds completely different in their head because they don’t understand your approach. You have to be able to teach in a way a student can enjoy and understand it.