I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 12, my first influences being rock and metal. In my later teens, I became very interested in other music genres such as jazz, fusion and classical. I began my formal music education as a Classical Guitar performance major, ultimately obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. I am an enthusiastic teacher and enjoy communicating my knowledge of music to students. I often use examples of current popular music to teach fundamental musical concepts, having discovered that students are more responsive when they realize that their teacher is familiar with the music they enjoy. I am always gratified to see students’ reactions when they derive satisfaction and pleasure from a disciplined, learning musical environment. The road I have taken with music has been paved with many unexpected twists and turns. Throughout my many years of learning and making new discoveries, I have now arrived at a point where I am able to productively incorporate knowledge from various experiences with music and education into my own creativity and teaching. I never expect to stop learning or exploring new forms of music, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm, valuable experiences and knowledge with my students.