Studying music is a creative journey that allows for a life of continuous growth. As an educator I empower my students by helping them develop instrumental technique, deep listening skills, and stylistic understanding. I craft a curriculum for each student to include both fundamentals of musical development and repertoire they enjoy, thus encouraging them to find and develop their own unique, creative voices.
Hayes began teaching music in 2011 and has maintained a studio of students through community music schools and a consistent home studio. Hayes has experience teaching classical, jazz, folk, bluegrass, rock, and pop music to students ranging from beginner to professional. Hayes is also a certified Alexander Technique Teacher and incorporates mindfulness principles into his music lessons to help students find ease and avoid pain. Hayes holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary studies from Longy School of Music, a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Appalachian State University, and an Alexander Technique Teaching Certificate from Alexander Technique Center Cambridge.
Hayes is an active performer in the Boston music scene and can be regularly heard performing with folk trio The Old North, as well as with the band Cordis, of which Billboard Magazine said, “Cordis sets itself apart through sparkling moments that defy classification.” Hayes recently released his debut album as leader with his project The Still Point. A firm believer in bringing his music to audiences, he enjoys performing in diverse venues including concert halls, music festivals, bars, and listening rooms.
B.A. Guitar Performance, Appalachian State University; M.M. Jazz and Contemporary Studies, Longy School of Music