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Silas
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Silas
« 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 ! »
$25/h
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Lessons offered by Daniel
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at their home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Positive psychology
  • Stress management
  • Personal coaching
  • Life coaching
  • Personal development
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

Performance Coaching for Instrumentalists and Singers Dealing with Music Performance Anxiety (Stage Fright)

Methodology

All of the work done in each coaching session is totally confidential and non-judgemental, with an interest in optimizing performance, not simply ridding clients of their ailments. All individuals are welcome in coachings, regardless of their age, gender, orientation, race, or economic or cultural background. I make a commitment to listen to individuals as patiently and unassuming as possible, in order to help understand them as well as possible.

In each coaching session, done via Skype/Google Hangouts, or in person with the individual's instrument, clients gradually become aware of their physiological, cognitive, and behavioural responses to performing, helping them create a clear picture of the way their music performance anxiety manifests uniquely in their life. We also discuss contributing factors which may have led to their anxiety, especially in relation to their past instructors and personal attitudes to performing.

After this has been done, we build individualized strategies for performing with increased confidence, awareness, and fluidity, both in and out of the practice room. We develop clear strategies to increase focus and flow during performance, to optimize players to reach their performance abilities as they envisioned them in the practice room, and to deal with themselves and others more accurately and practically in the context of their wider personal and professional life.

Background

I am a classical guitarist in the final years of my Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in classical guitar performance, where I have been researching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its role in helping musicians with Music Performance Anxiety. I have read literally hundreds of articles on this topic, and have written a great deal about it in my academic life.

As a performer, I have given concerts in Japan, Italy, Austria, the U.S., and all over Canada on the classical guitar, and have premiered new works by performers from all over the world. I have received top prizes in national and international competitions, placing as a finalist in the Hamilton and Montreal International Guitar Competitions, and winning first prize in the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Guitar Competition in both 2014 and 2016. I also received the second place prizes in the FCMF National Guitar Competition and the Canadian Music Competition.

As a teacher with eleven years of experience working with students of all ages, based in downtown Toronto, my students in classical guitar have received admission to the Bachelor of Music Performance program at the University of Toronto, having won prizes in competitions such as the Kiwanis Music Festival. I currently have four years of experience working as a private coach for university students in the undergraduate guitar performance programs of the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto, and have given masterclasses in festivals like the Guitar Alla Grande Festival, Ottawa. I hold B. Mus and M. Mus degrees from the University of Ottawa.

As I continue my research, I am looking to work with individuals on a practical basis to help them become the best performers they can be and learn to perform with more confidence and joy, whether they practice music as a hobby or as a professional career.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 25/h
Lessons offered by Daniel
Individual
The lessons will be held
at their home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Positive psychology
  • Stress management
  • Personal coaching
  • Life coaching
  • Personal development
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

Daniel's Resume

Education

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

-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

The 5 reviews on Daniel
  • 5/5

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5 recommendations

S
Silas

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 !

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Richard

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.

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Alex

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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Branka

Daniel has been a guitar teacher to our daughter for the past two years. He is a very thoughtful teacher who knows how to make a class more engaging for 12 years old girl. His passion for classical music and patience for teaching is fantastic. We highly recommend Daniel for beginner and advanced classical guitar students.

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Peter

I remember the first time I went for a lesson with Daniel and to be honest, I wasn't expecting a lot. But afterwards, legit it was honestly the best lesson I had in my life so far. He really knows what hes doing, and hes very encouraging but at the same time honest with how you should improve your playing. I got exponentially better at guitar since I worked with him, and hes definitely the reason why I got into UofT for Performance in classical guitar. I highly recommend Daniel if your interested in learning Classical guitar.

Daniel's interview

QUESTION 01 | 05
1. When and why did you develop an interest in your chosen field?
Daniel — I began studying the guitar when I was 10 years old when I first listened to the recordings of John Williams and heard my teacher play "Asturias- Leyenda". By the time I was 12, I made a steadfast decision to pursue guitar as a career.
QUESTION 02 | 05
2. What makes you passionate about your subject?
Daniel — I love teaching because I believe that if you strongly believe in the growth of your discipline, you should contribute to its growth. Teaching is a way of giving back by sharing by 18 years of experience playing the guitar with others.
QUESTION 03 | 05
3. What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"?
Daniel — I love teaching because I love watching people achieve their goals, and I especially love to see how it develops their character as people. I notice over time that many of my students have become more patient, goal-oriented, and positive in their life as a result of growing with the guitar. And, of course, I am especially proud when my students win awards or continue on with guitar or composing, such as one of my students who is currently enrolled in the University of Toronto's Bachelor of Music Performance Program.
QUESTION 04 | 05
4. Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you? *
Daniel — All of my teachers have inspired me immensely. My first teacher was Dave Santandrea, and he made me fall in love with the classical guitar and its unique ability to be an acoustic, portable instrument that functions as a full orchestra. Wilma Van Berkel taught me how to become more thoughtful, ergonomic, and precise. Patrick Roux taught me to play like a musician, and not just a guitarist, Bruce Holzman taught me to always listen carefully to the sound I produce, and Jeffrey McFadden helped me refine and polish my technique to a professional level. On the way, I also studied with other teachers for months at a time, like Lorenzo Micheli and Denis Azabagic, two of my favourite guitarists in the world.
QUESTION 05 | 05
5. What are your keys to success?
Daniel — Practicing, maintaining a positive and healthy lifestyle, and most importantly, having a clear goal and long-term plan in mind. Even if things don't go exactly as intended, following a clear path helps you immensely on the confusing road to musicianship.

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