Hi, I'm Aaron!
I grew up in South Jersey in the town of Millville, until I moved to New Brunswick in 2019 to pursue my degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). As of May 2023, I graduated from the university with a B.M. in Music and my major as music composition (vocal primary). I've been playing piano for around 14 years, singing for as long as I can remember, and composing has been my main focus for over a decade now. Throughout my life I've been a part of some of the most prestigious choral groups in NJ, such as the Kirkpatrick Choir, who I recently joined in helping the Eagles on their "Hotel California Tour". I am an aspiring television/film composer that has written primarily for vocal, chamber, and electronic works. My main areas of expertise include: piano/keyboard, voice, bass guitar, and songwriting/composing. Music is my passion and as a recent college undergraduate I'm looking to help continue my passion and spread my newfound knowledge through teaching!
My Approach to a Typical Lesson:
My goal for each lesson I teach is to create an environment where a student feels safe, respected, and open to their love of music! I strive to make each lesson feel productive and useful, while also remembering to be able to revel in the wonder and fun of creating music.
My Advice for Students:
Don't forget to enjoy yourself! It's very easy to get caught up in technical challenges or humps we can't quite get over during practice, but remember that music is something that should help bring you closer to those around you and most importantly--yourself!
My Favorite Local Places:
While I'm not from around here, I've come to enjoy the Kung Fu Tea and the Millburn Standard in the surrounding area!
Three Tips for Success:
-Remain positive: There will be many ups and downs in your musical journey. It's very easy to focus on the downs, but just remember that failure is a requirement for success. Keep going!
-Remain consistent: While it may sound cliché, practice makes perfect! Consistency in terms of practice is what makes or breaks success within music.
-Remain determined: Throughout my time as a music student, there have been many times where I've thought that it would be easier to give up and start a new piece or try something new instead of continuing with what I was working on at the time. While that would be easier, that attitude is not what gets you better as a musician. If you remain focused and determined, you can always get whatever you set your mind to done and perfected.