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TEACHER FEATURE

EDDIE B

ABOUT EDDIE

Eddie Becker has been performing and writing music for over 20 years, and teaching for over a decade-and-a-half. He studied at Five Towns College for music performance, has been performing in bands and writing music since the age of 14, and has been DJing for some 6 years.

Eddie sees every student as an individual with different needs, strengths and challenges. He tailors the program to the individual by presenting material from varied points of view.

As a multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and producer, Eddie brings a wholistic, “big picture” approach to music lessons that encourages a broader understanding of subject matter by exposing each student to ideas that originate in other instruments/subjects; i.e. teaching guitarists a small amount of drummer-related material, or teaching a DJ a little bit about Music Production.

How do you help students reach their musical goals?

In order to assist a student in their progress a teacher must be able to break larger ideas into smaller, achievable goals. It can be very easy for a student to look at the full breadth of what they would learn/need to practice and be overwhelmed by the subject.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I had an awesome, encouraging teacher when I first expressed interest in music. That relationship changed my life in a very positive way at a time when I was uncertain of myself. While it doesn’t really break down into a specific moment or any one factor, it was that positive reinforcement that eventually lead me to teach music.

What is your favorite thing about music?

Music can be an intellectual, meditative, physical and social experience all at once. It’s practice can encompass the whole individual and be taught in different ways that appeal to an individuals strengths while improving ones ability to conquer their challenges.

What are your 3 favorite albums right now?

  • “Malina” by Leprous

  • The Romantic Moods of Jackie Gleason

  • “The Mountain” by Haken

What are your musical goals long-term?

Always practicing and always improving! I’ve been shifting gears from being a classic “shredder” on guitar to “Concert Guitar;” i.e. solo performance guitar. Additionally, I am spending more time producing music after a hiatus from performing/recording.

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