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“My teaching style is based on the idea of mentoring. My students can count on me inside and outside the classroom, and the learning flow is circular; we’re learning from each other.”
“My goals are to guide students’ talents to achieve their maximum potential. I’m identifying individual strengths and weaknesses and addressing them with honesty, respect, and challenging them. We’re working, not only on strictly musical aspects and concepts, but digging deeper into molding musicians who commit to a mission: the society of improving communities, making the world a better place.”
“My best teachers were those who I could reach anytime, still today. They were those who committed to the responsibility of ‘passing the message’ to the younger generations and who consider that, even having all kinds of degrees, they haven’t graduated yet. That’s the kind of teacher I am.”
“I want my students to come away not only with a strong domain over the concepts we work on in class but also with a serious commitment to their careers and creativity.”
“Berklee offers an amazing creative environment full of diversity. This makes the difference. The great panel of faculty wouldn’t make the college as unique if such an amazing community of talented international students weren’t part of it. Everyone has the option to compare him- or herself with other international individuals, a fact that contributes positively to build an artistic identity.”
“Coming from flamenco music, where 99% of the artists don’t have a formal music education in music theory or reading, I really appreciate the great things of the old school, tribal teaching methods, based in oral transmission.”
“Through learning by ear, imitation and practice, I developed strong listening and memorizing skills and also a very strong sense of rhythm, characteristic of flamenco music. I consider these necessary aspects for the young musicians who have been educated under Western or classical parameters where interpreting is sometimes too attached to reading and where the learning process is also very attached to paper and computers. For me, the combination of both methodologies is the best way to teach, and I challenge my students to learn and memorize by ear as well as by using technology and other resources.”