Instrument: Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Fiddle
Background: Max recently moved to Miami from Berkeley, CA, where he studied jazz and classical bass in school and acoustic music outside of school. He believes that learning acoustic music has made him immensely better with aural skills, and he wishes to provide similar learning opportunities to the ones he had to the greater Miami community.
Max has been teaching private lessons for seven years and has taught at over a dozen music camps. He previously taught at Manning Music Studios in Berkeley, CA. He is a founder of the Miami Acoustic Project, which offers bi-weekly workshops at Fairchild Tropical Garden.
Started Music Career: At age 6, Max’s dad bought him a guitar and took him to his first bluegrass festival. For more than ten years, he played in a band with his family called Oak Grove, in which each family member plays a different instrument (You can check out their album “Tangled Roots” on Spotify). Although not every family has time to form a band, Max believes that learning to play acoustic music is a great family activity!
Education: Pursuing Bachelor of Music in Studio Music & Jazz from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, with a Minor in Education.
Area of Focus: Acoustic Music, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Jazz, Music Theory, Practice Skills
Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Building students confidence through teaching, and equipping students with skills that allow them to feel like independent, capable learners!
Performance: Max has performed throughout the United States playing bass with GRAMMY-winner, Laurie Lewis, and her band, The Right Hands. He also has played at the Grammys (2015 and 2016) and has played with jazz groups in eight countries!