Ethan is a superb musician, who enjoys teaching guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin in a wide-range of styles. His projects include everything from bluegrass and jazz trios, to experimental rock and noise/punk groups.
Ethan holds a degree in Studio Guitar Performance from USC, and has also studied privately with numerous teachers, including, Steve Morse, Mary Halvorson, Julian Lage, Adam Levy, and Robert Fripp.
Ethan says, “for me, music is about connection and communication. As a teacher, that means figuring out the most effective way to both impart information in a way that captivates and motivates the student, helping them discover the joy of making music regardless of skill level. In other words, I want you to get into it, and I want you to enjoy it!”
Ethan’s teaching philosophy is that there is no one “right way” to learn music, but many. “I like to find a unique balance of both intellectual and intuitive approaches for each student.”
Ethan’s favorites include: The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Bill Frisell, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Chris Thile, Vulfpeck, and Sam Amidon.
Fun fact: When not teaching, Ethan loves sushi and uncomfortable comedy (i.e. Larry David, Louis CK)