My guitar methods include a 'rhythm first' approach, as well as using basic chords and scales, building song structures, chord structures and guitar solos, 'part by part', which gives the learner confidence and a willingness to continue learn, and get better and better.
I am a 16 year professional instructor in the entertainment industry, have been playing guitar and writing songs since 1984, have toured with a band, played hundreds of shows and have invented a new method for learning guitar in less time.
PROFESSIONAL S UMMARY
Outgoing and dynamically positive instructor with over 16 years of experience, and 30 years of guitar
playing/songwriting experience. Skilled in delivering key points of information to diverse groups of people.
Driven to design and develop training programs and modify existing curricula to meet the needs of all
Creative Instructor Singer/Songwriter
Presentations Expert Seasoned Performer
Charismatic Public Speaker Course Creator and Developer
Guitar Player, electric and acoustic AV Consultant and Team Leader
Senior Instructor, 2001 – Present - Trebas Institute, Toronto ON
Currently teaching classes in Live Sound, Audio for Film and TV, Film-making and Career
Development. Instruction methods include hands-on training, selected playback media, interactive
discussions, creative workshops and innovative diagrams.
Created course content and developed selected courses, officially recognized by The Ontario
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Working closely with department heads and management to continually improve the quality of
education, including producing and editing promotional materials, extracurricular student
opportunities, streamlining AV equipment use and improving current institutional practices.
Technical Director, Live Sound Mixer, 1996 – Present - Self-employed
Currently consulting part time for event planners and entertainment professionals, including signal
flow diagrams, budget and quotation reviews, staffing, logistics and soundtrack analysis (for
recorded voice and media playback).
Services include setting up and tuning sound systems, projection systems, and video recording
and editing, as well as troubleshooting, and offering original sync music for licensing.
Live Sound mixer and FOH AV Technical Director at various clubs, small concerts and corporate
events, around the GTA and throughout Canada and the United States, at over 4,000 live events.
Team leader for AV Technicians, Videographers and AV Trainees.
Songwriter, Guitar Player, Performer, 1984 – Present - Independent
Toured across Canada and parts of the USA, also opened for touring acts such as Nazareth,
Saga, DOA, L.A. Guns, Teenage Head, Forgotten Rebels among others, at some of Toronto's
prominent live music venues.
Taught occasional guitar classes, conducted occasional guitar repairs.
Created an innovative guitar method, focusing on building strength in the strumming hand. Invented
the Strum-Block (prototype stage) for developing strumming skills.
Warehouse Manager, Receiver, 1989 – 1995 - Steve's Music, Toronto, ON
Responsible for receiving, tracking and coding every musical instrument, piece of hardware and
software shipped to the store. Familiar with many different makes and models of guitar, bass and
amplifier, among other products, including music education books and videos.
Created a new warehousing system to track products easier for sales people. Managed two
shipper/receivers under the department supervisor.
Occasionally sold guitar products during down-time, as well as conducted minor guitar repairs.
Classical Animated Film Making, 1985 – 1986 - Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Created characters for animated films, hand-painted cells to prepare for filming.
Filmed animated sequences on 16mm film, edited animated films on flatbed editor.
Received a Certificate of Appreciation, 2016, for presenting an innovative EQ technique for voice
recording and reproduction (The D-Curve), by the Audio Engineering Society, Toronto Chapter.
Nominated for Excellence in Teaching, 2013, by the Ontario Association of Career Colleges.
Awarded a 10-year plaque for Dedication to Professional Education, 2011, by Trebas Institute,
Toronto, maintaining a very high average on instructor evaluations over several years.
Wrote several Live Sound articles for major publications such as Mix Magazine and On Stage
Magazine (2001 - 2003), and wrote Guitar Playing article for Canadian Musician (1995).
Member of Songwriter's Association of Canada (SAC), SOCAN, and the Audio Engineering
Society, Toronto Chapter (AES).
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