EducationOn full scholarship to Walt Disney's private conservatory, California Institute of the Arts, I received the first double degree, an MFA as a composer/performer.
I am a polymath, I compose advanced music and considering that instrumental music is the language of the emotions, words in my hands are poetic concrete. I needed this expression. I have completed two novels and am finishing two more as I write here.
I am an advanced guitarist/composer and have had international virtuosi record and perform my compositions. I've written for orchestra and have performed these works since the guitar is included.
I'm a musical journalist and have written technical articles for a number of guitar magazines and operate a compositional guitar magazine Online.
My novels are mostly historical romances therefore research into history, American and European, have been necessary although this has always been an interest and fascination of mine. Of late, Chinese history and culture have been a focus as one of my present novels touches upon this deep and complex culture and history.
Writing, both technical and creative is a particular focus of mine. Again, I am a polymath, very deeply involved in the humanities.
ExperienceI've taught college music, college classical guitar, theory, music history and appreciation, The History of American Popular Music. I've taught guitar at private music academies in Silicon Valley in California where I lived for thirty five years.
I am inspired by young people thus I am also an inspiration to them.
HobbiesMy general disposition is towards transcendentalism and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nature is where I find renewal so backpacking and photography are special interests of mine.
Music is not exactly a hobby as I am a professional but this endeavor is very encompassing.
Reading informs writing and again, calling this a hobby falls short of the permeation of its influence.
AP Music Theory, US History, Voice, World History, World Civilization, Writing, History, Cosmology, Guitar, Fiction Writing, Creative Writing, AP US History, CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present, CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648, AP United States History, AP U.S. Government & Politics, Music, AP English Language and Composition, 9th Grade Writing, Ancient and Medieval Heritage, American History, American Literature, AP Art History, 10th Grade Reading, 7th Grade Reading, ACT Writing, 9th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Writing, 7th Grade Writing, 11th Grade Writing, 12th Grade Writing, 10th Grade Writing
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