My love of music began at a very early age thanks to my parents. My mother played piano and guitar and the house was full of records and CDs for me to explore. Eventually I picked up one of the old guitars from our basement and began to teach myself to play some simple chords. I was immediately hooked. My parents saw my interest and decided to sign me up for guitar lessons at a local shop called Herter music. I attended for a couple of years and practiced constantly trying to emulate my electric and acoustic guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, James Taylor, and Bob Dylan. I continued teaching myself through my college years at Michigan State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication, focusing mainly on audio and video production. It was around this time I became fascinated with recording music, songwriting, and everything that went into creating the albums I had loved all my life. I wrote songs constantly, performed when I could, and began experimenting with home recording and making my own records.
In 2011 I had the unique opportunity to begin my teaching career in my hometown of Saginaw Michigan. I was fortunate enough to get in on the ground level with a new non-profit music studio opening up that provided lessons and rental instruments to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. It was my first time teaching an instrument to kids, but I fell in love right away and I have been doing it ever since. There is nothing quite like guiding a student to develop a skill they care about and getting to watch their excitement as they learn to play the music that inspired them, just as I learned the songs that inspired me. It’s fun, incredibly rewarding, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a part of a long tradition of passing music down through the generations in communities that need it now more than ever.
Today my passion for music still stretches into all aspects of my life. Whether I am writing songs, recording and releasing albums, performing, or teaching students, I fully intend to be a part of that continuum of music and share everything I’ve learned.