Electric & Acoustic Guitar Instructor
“Music is, without a doubt, my life in every aspect: from playing to listening.” – Alex Boivin
As someone who has lived and breathed music/guitar since I was 11 years old, I am always pushing myself: listening and learning to make myself a better musician. I have performed over 1,000 live performances, from coffee shops to sold out theatres. I also have a deep passion for teaching guitar and have taught over 500 students over the past 11 years.
I studied guitar under Midwest renowned jazz guitarist Jack Grassel from 2005-2008. I also studied music with an emphasis on composition and music theory at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin. During that time, I started my teaching career at Annette Meyers Studio, providing guitar and bass lessons to over 40 students weekly for 7 years.
I started a professional touring band, Funky Session, at the age of 15 with over 200 live performances. I moved to Colorado in 2012 and started teaching at BethStudio in Windsor, CO. At BethStudio, I continued my teaching career with an emphasis on guitar lessons and music performance.
In 2012, I founded the band Punch Drunk Munky Funk. This band played well over 300 live performances in Colorado and including tours in other states. One of those performances was opening for one of my favorite musicians, the bass guitar great, Victor Wooten. I’ve had the privilege to do studio guitar work with Brian Lapin and the “transcenders,” who collaborated as the founding members of the music group The Black-Eyed Peas at their studio in Los Angeles, CA.
My teaching philosophy varies from student to student. At the core, I always provide a solid foundation of knowledge for my students through music theory and composition. This foundation allows my students to understand chords, melodies and harmonies so they can become successful musicians. I create a custom lesson plan for each unique student so they are involved in their musical direction. This allows the students to grow creatively and, most importantly, they have fun doing it.
My Teaching Style
I like to keep my lessons entertaining but structured. My mentor, Jack Grassel, taught me how to practice and teach in a very structured way so my students and myself are getting the best and fastest results in the least amount of time. It’s an effective practice. Students will experience an improvised (no pun intended) flow to each lesson as I teach what the student wants to learn (for the most part). I also gauge each student on what they need to learn as well. This keeps lessons exciting and customized to the student.
My ultimate goal for every student is that after studying and taking lessons from me, they are inspired for the rest of their life to play. Whether it be playing songs around a campfire for friends or being a professional touring musician.