I am a professional guitarist with over 20 years experience playing. I have been teaching guitar and general music classes in government high schools, community colleges and private studios for the last 10 years.
My specialty is Flamenco Guitar. I currently work as an accompanist for a leading Flamenco dance company in Sydney under the tutelage of guitarist Felipe Kunze, choreographer Diana Reyes and singer Antonio Soria. I have lived and studied in Spain with luminaries such as Diego del Morao, Jesus de Rosario, Paco Cruz, Paco Cortes, Niño de Pura, Pedro Sierra, Juan Diego Mateos, Agustin le la Fuente, El Carbonero and the nephew of Paco de Lucía, Antonio Sanchez.
I also studied Spanish Classical and Latin American guitar with Raffaele Agostino at a tertiary level at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
As an aside from this, I am well versed in many other genres of music. I have been an active member of several rock bands and have experience playing in orchestras, stage bands and for commercial recording sessions.
I believe note reading, literacy in music theory and aural skills training are fundamental to forming complete musicians with a diverse skill set. As such, I employ a variety of pedagogies that encourage reading music notation, analysis of repertoire studied and working by ear.
I also believe teaching students what they wish to learn but also supplementing this with exercises and repertoire that address technique and musicianship more broadly.
NOTE: My work schedule means I spend time in both the the north-western suburbs (Carlingford/West Pennant Hills) and inner-west suburbs. Lessons are possible in either region.