Teaching and Learning

The crest of my undergraduate alma mater San Francisco State University reads experientia docet—experience teaches—continues to have relevance throughout my learning experiences and teaching career. As a self-taught guitarist, I had ample opportunities to learn in what Christopher Small (1998) referred to as musicking, in small small groups (rock bands), in and outside of school, as well as creating music at a computer work stations using MIDI keyboards, devices, and software. Before any formal, academic music training, I experienced peer-direction, trial-and-error–based learning, and I used recordings and technology to engage with music relevant to my personal interests at the time.

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