I found my mom’s old, dusty guitar beneath our basement steps when I was 12 years old. Playing piano since the age of 5 and growing up with an insatiable fascination in music, I was quickly hooked. I noticed the Do-It-Yourself approach that my favorite punk bands lived by and so I followed suit by teaching myself to play along with my favorite songs and form bands with my friends. I immersed myself in the local music scene and took notes from the performances that captivated me the most. Everything I took in influenced my own endeavors of writing and performing.
By the time I left music school at Duquesne University, I had fallen into teaching guitar. My experience learning, writing, touring and performing was now informing my approach to showing others how to play the music they craved to hear. Now after a decade of teaching I love it more than ever. I have seen countless kids and adults go from amateurs to performing music they only used to dream of playing whether it’s on stage or around a campfire. The musical journey is one that I’ve dedicated my life to and it’s immensely gratifying to be on it with others!