Music lessons should be about serving YOUR individual needs as a student, learning how to supercharge your practice to get the most out of your time, and help you develop independence and flexibility so you can reach your artistic goals with guidance. Lessons with me will help you prepare mentally and physically to conquer stage fright in auditions, exams, competitions, or on any stage imaginable!
Most importantly, anyone can learn an instrument at any age!
1. YOUR GOALS ARE MY GOALS. At the core, I believe that every teacher needs to adapt their lessons to the individual goals of each student, rather than pushing their own agenda on each player that comes into their studio. I believe in working to help people realize their own potential, not the goals of their teacher.
2. YOUR MIND IS YOUR GREATEST INSTRUMENT. I strongly emphasize the importance of developing mental tools to make our practicing as efficient and creative as possible, and helping students to learn real life strategies to deal with their own fears involving performing and practicing.
3. CONQUERING YOUR FEARS IS PART OF MUSIC-MAKING. Many students often stop playing, or even quit music as a result of the pressures and fears they experience as a result of not learning strategies to deal with their music performance anxiety, or as a result of the abuse of their teachers. Since this is an area of expertise for me, and is the primary focus of my doctoral research, I am more than happy to help individuals deal with their own unique challenges in this area, while remaining sensitive to the needs of each player, in helping them reach their often ambitious goals.
4. IF YOU WORK WITH ME, YOU WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS. With years of professional training from some of the best guitarists on the planet, I help students develop a strong and flexible technique right from the start in both hands, while training them to become as independent as possible. This means that I strongly favour learning to read music well so we can communicate with other musicians.
5. UNLOCKING YOUR CREATIVITY IS A KEY COMPONENT OF MASTERING THE INSTRUMENT. Although improvisation was once a crucial aspect of "classical" music learning until about 150 years ago, I believe that its elimination from the music curriculum has been detrimental to the inherently creative abilities that all individuals have. I strongly favour an approach to technique that teaches students to master the fretboard through improvisation and writing their own music, as well as learning to read music of past masters.
6. Most importantly, MUSIC IS FOR EVERYONE. Music learning can start at any time, at any age, and I love teaching beginners as much as I love teaching the most advanced players. All are welcome.
I have given concerts in Japan, Italy, Austria, the US, and all over Canada, and I am currently completing my Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Toronto, where I also work as a teaching assistant for undergraduate guitar majors. I am researching the effects of Music Performance Anxiety (stage fright) on guitarists, and have taken many psychology courses related to performance to supplement this research.
I hold a Master's Degree in Music from the University of Ottawa, and have studied privately in Florida and in Europe on scholarship with world-renowned teachers such as Bruce Holzman and Lorenzo Micheli. I have also received awards in International, National, and Provincial Music Competitions. I have premiered new classical guitar pieces by dozens of composers from all over the world.
I have eleven years of teaching experience in guitar in all styles, ages and skill levels, and currently teach undergraduate students at the University of Toronto as part of my graduate teaching assistantship. Some of my past students have won first prize at local festivals, and have gained admission to the University of Toronto's Bachelor of Music performance program in guitar.
Doctoral Candidate, Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Toronto 2017-2021
Master of Music (M. Mus), University of Ottawa, 2015-2017
Bachelor of Music (B. Mus), University of Ottawa, 2010-2014
Recent Performance Highlights
-Performing in Spain at the Angel Pinero International Guitar Competition, 2019
-Performed solo guitar works by new composers at the Polish General Consulate Toronto, in February and April 2019
-Gave a marimba/guitar duo recital in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan with Naoko Tsujita, August 2018
-Performed and premiered six new works by new composers written for marimba and guitar at the Alte -Schmiede Kunstverein, Vienna, Austria, 2018
-Performed solo guitar at the Livorno Music Festival, Italy, 2018
-Gave a solo guitar recital at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, April 2017
-Performed for Ottawa International Chamberfest, Spectrum Music Toronto, INNERChamber Stratford, Stratford Summer Music, and several other music festivals in Canada
Awards and Achievements
Finalist, Montreal International Guitar Competition 2019
Received a $4000 scholarship to study guitar in Europe with renowned Italian guitarist Lorenzo Micheli in Summer 2017
Second Place, National Music Competition, 2016
Finalist, Hamilton International Guitar Competition 2014
First Place, Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Guitar Competition, 2014 AND 2016
First Prize, Ottawa-Gatineau Guitar Competition 2013
Sole recipient of the Domaine Forget Guitar Prize, 2013, in Charlevoix, Quebec
Current Student's Achievements
First Prize, Kiwanis Music Festival Peel Region, Grade 5 Category, 2019
Admission to University of Toronto Bachelor of Music Performance Program, 2019
Perfect! Daniel is a great teacher. He's patient and explains concepts clearly. I enjoyed my consultation lesson with him and plan to take more lessons from him in the future.
I have known Daniel for a number of years as a guitar ensemble coach during my undergrad, and now as a colleague. His vast knowledge of music pedagogy, passion for learning, and positive personality make him a teacher I could not recommend more !
Daniel taught me for the 3rd year of my undergrad in guitar, this was years ago but there are a couple of the lessons I can remember like they were yesterday. He covered a lot in that time, my favorite was his explanations on gradients of perfection. As well he explains polyrhythms with more depth than I've ever seen anyone do before and made it possible for me not only to understand but play proficiently. Time spent studying with him will show you results and I would highly recommend Daniel as a teacher.
Daniel is an energetic teacher that taught me and my duo partner the past year. I would say he definitely helped us reach an entire new level of playing. Daniel is a very experienced guitarist and knows how to explain things easily. I would definitely recommend Daniel to any other guitarists.
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