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After a lifetime of devoted study in the performing arts, guitar and singing, composition, technique and expression, I have developed a deeply informed approach to teaching. As a music coach for over 20 years, I have made incredible breakthroughs with students, seen people through vast and deep shifts in their lives through the work we've done together and transformed my own relationship to music to be one of true empowerment and liberation. I am a patient, non-judgmental coach and build loving relationships with all of my students.
I studied music theory and composition at Sonoma State University and have been a guitar player and songwriter since childhood. In 2018 and 2020, I received the Master-Apprenticeship Grant through the Alliance for California Traditional Arts to study Iranian Classical Vocal Tradition from master vocalist and teacher Mahsa Vahdat and Iranian Classical Instrumental Music on Setar with master player and composer Atabak Elyasi (respectively). I studied Western Classical vocal technique from baritone and (beloved) master teacher Zachary Gordin for nearly 10 years.