Guitar, Theory, Composition
Chris is a guitarist and composer with a degree in Music Composition and Theory from Jacksonville University. As a teacher, Chris is committed to providing a solid theoretical, performance and compositional understanding of music to his students. Chris is particularly interested in contemporary music that pushes the limitations of genre and encourages his students to develop their own unique musical voice.
What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
My formative years as a musician were spent playing in bands with friends and writing music. I was mostly self-taught until my early twenties when one day I had the realization that my own musical language could be better understood through music theory. After that, I was hooked on theory and all of its benefits. I started taking music courses through Berklee online and later studied music at a university.
Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher:
I was mostly self-taught until I applied for music school in my early twenties. There, I linked up with an incredible jazz guitar instructor that the students dubbed “The Guitar Buddha”, because he was always so calm, collected, and patient. Though he deepened my understanding of harmony, melody, and technique, the most valuable lesson he taught me was how to be a good role model for my students. In my lessons, in addition to music stuff, I feel that it’s important to reinforce confidence, positivity and patience. What are your favorite bands or musicians?
What are your favorite bands or musicians?
My top three would probably have to be Boards of Canada, Kneebody / Ben Wendel, and Steve Reich. Boards of Canada is an electronic duo from the UK. Their music is all about mood and nostalgia, using analog technology and samples from 70’s public broadcasting programs. Kneebody and the music of saxophonist Ben Wendel are both excellent examples of deep improvisational language, tasteful merging of genres and unchartered harmonic territory. Steve Reich is one of the pioneers of minimalist composition and process music.
Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
In the late 2000s, I was lucky enough to travel around the US and Canada with my prog rock group, Antarctic. Eventually, we got picked up by one of our favorite labels, joining bands that helped shape our sound when we began. This was my first experience recording in a professional studio and working closely with an engineer.
Describe your ideal student.
My ideal student is one that is passionate about composition and is looking to deepen their music language with the help of theory and technique. Frankly, I hope to find students that are taking a similar path as I did, so I can give them the same support that received from my mentors.
Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons.
The first few lessons are all about addressing the needs and curiosities of the students. We will also spend our first few lessons identifying the “grey areas” of their understanding of the guitar to fill in those blanks.
Why did you want to become a music teacher?
To be a solid role model for aspiring musicians and to help guide them down their individual path to success.
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