Department: Voice, Guitar
Styles: Rock, Pop, Country and any subdivisions of those genres.
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Influences: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters,Kings of Leon,Coldplay
“After becoming disillusioned with amateur sports at age 17, I picked up a guitar and started teaching myself the basics. From that point, I became increasingly interested in the voice, and in teaching people how it works. Anyone can learn to sing, as long as they have the patience to work on the fundamentals first, and not just expect to be able to sing anything under the sun after a few short weeks of lessons. Just like physical fitness, singing takes time and discipline, along with the correct exercises, to achieve great results”
“The voice is just another instrument, and instruments are just tools to get your ideas across, and to tell the stories you want to tell. Discovering Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne's discographies is what convinced me how powerful music can be, and how it connects every person through our shared emotional experiences.”
“My most impactful musical memory was my very first live concert, watching Guns n' Roses come onto the stage. The power of that first 30 seconds is what made me want to be a musician for the rest of my life.”
“I only have one true love in terms of musical style...rock. This genre is very broad however, and can range from Elvis and Bob Dylan to the Foo Fighters and Metallica. This is the style that most resonates with me, and my personal experiences. Most importantly, there are no outside songwriters writing the material for rock artists. Unlike pop or country, writing your own music and lyrics is a staple of the rock genre. That is what gives an artist their unique sound and sonic identity.”
“There are too many favourites to name - but to name a few, The Beatles "In My Life", The Load Out/Stay" by Jackson Browne, "Jungleland" by Bruce Springsteen, "High Hopes" Pink Floyd, "One" by U2...and too many others to count."
"The most important thing I think a student should know is always remember, art is subjective. There is no "best" in music, it is all a matter of opinion. Some of the most successful artists ever are not the best singers or the fastest guitar players. But they know how to write a song and make people FEEL something. You don't want the audience to hear what you're saying...you want them to feel what you're feeling. Same thing with all art. If there is no story or emotion, then it's not art, it's just a product."
"I have played almost 4,000 shows in Canada, the U.S. and throughout the UK and Europe with my band Cherry Suede. We have had songs placed in movies, and have shared the stage with artists who have played with Josh Groban, The Goo Goo Dolls, Vertical Horizon, John Mayer, Billy Idol, The Scorpions, Rick Springfield and many others."