Phil began playing guitar at age 12. He earned an Associates Degree from Holyoke Community College in Music, and a Bachelor's Degree from Westfield State College in 1992 in Jazz studies, followed by a year of Graduate work at the University of North Texas; and a Music Teaching Certification in 2005 from Westfield State College in Music K-12. Phil was Music Director at Cathedral High School from 2006-2008, and has taught all levels of guitar lessons for over 10 years. Phil has also performed in pit bands for Broadway shows, and in rock, blues, and jazz bands throughout New England.
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“My approach to teaching is to focus on the basics - sight reading, technique, and basic theory that will be helpful for all students to know. For more intermediate and advanced students, I still focus on the core basics, but I will teach these students music that they are interested in learning - metal/rock, pop, blues, funk and jazz. I also encourage students to explore their own creativity on the guitar by writing their own compositions, and also creativity through improvising on the guitar, specifically with regard to Jazz improvisation.”
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