Educator

Many years ago I started teaching guitar lessons in a local music store. Almost right away I realized that I not only was I good at it, but I also really enjoyed helping other people discover the power of being an active participant in music making. After that experience I decided to pursue a college degree in music education so I could try teaching in the public schools. In 1993 I achieved that goal and graduated summa cum laude from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University.

Since the 1993-94 school year I have worked as a music teacher in the public schools starting first in Frederick County, Maryland and then in Arlington County, Virginia. I have worked continuously for the Arlington County Public Schools (APS) for 27 years. In that time I have taught students from pre-k thru the 12th grade. I have taught elementary general and instrumental music and been a middle school band director. I have taught high school beginning guitar, guitar ensemble, music theory, digital audio and AP music theory. For many years in my early career I also ran my own private studio of guitar and music theory students. I currently teach guitar, digital audio and music theory at Wakefield High School and Yorktown High School in Arlington.

Please come back and visit this page. I plan to add more of my teaching materials and videos as I get them "ready for prime time." In the meantime please enjoy a few of my video music theory lessons that I have prepared for my students. 

Interval Distance

This video is part 1 of an explanation of intervals (the measurement of distance between two pitches) - This video discusses the "generic" distance of intervals.

Interval Quality

This video is part 2 of an explanation of intervals (the measurement of distance between two pitches) - This video discusses the "quality" of intervals.

Chord Construction (triads)

This video is part 2 of an explanation of intervals (the measurement of distance between two pitches) - This video discusses the "quality" of intervals.

 3 Forms of Minor

In this video I discuss the minor scale and its three forms (natural, harmonic and melodic minor)

Come back and look for new teaching content in the future.