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  • Renee Audrey
    Renee Audrey Short Hills, NJ
    I have had the pleasure of being Hayden’s student for over 12 years, and not only have I grown in my musical and instrumental abilities, but I have also grown as a songwriter, performer and story-teller. When I was a child, my parents signed me up for music lessons with numerous teachers, and as much as I love music, I was disengaged and uninterested time and time again. However, once I started to work with Hayden at nine years of age, I was excited to practice and I wanted to learn all the songs I heard on the radio. Hayden not only gave me the encouragement and confidence that, yes, I could learn “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus on the acoustic guitar in the second grade, but he also gave me the encouragement to put my own personal style to any piece of music and to develop as the artist I was even at the age of nine. I had never felt so validated by a teacher before. Since I have worked with Hayden, I developed the ability acknowledge myself as an artist, and I have grown to encourage myself to share my music with others. From music theory, to breathing techniques, to speeding up slow songs and slowing down fast ones into a ballad, Hayden showed me the endless possibilities to fall in love with music I was playing with the talent I brought to the table. Hayden taught me piano, guitar, vocals, and most prominently for me, the intricacies of songwriting and story telling. I had struggled with my mental health since I was very little, and Hayden gave me the confidence and support to cope with my mental illnesses through songwriting. Hayden granted me the ability to write music from my soul and from my heart about my mental health, and his teachings truly saved me during some of the roughest times in my life. A music lesson with Hayden was essentially time for me to not only grow and learn as an artist with laughter and positivity, but it was also the time in which I validated my feelings and constructively transformed my sadness and hardship into lyrics and music. I am forever grateful to have Hayden as my teacher and mentor, and I would not be the artist and person I am today without him.

    I have had the pleasure of being Hayden’s student for over 12 years, and not only have I grown in my musical and instrumental abilities, but I have also grown as a songwriter, performer and story-teller. When I was a child, my parents signed me up for music lessons with numerous teachers, and as much as I love music, I was disengaged and uninterested time and time again. However, once I started to work with Hayden at nine years of age, I was excited to practice and I wanted to learn all the songs I heard on the radio. Hayden not only gave me the encouragement and confidence that, yes, I could learn “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus on the acoustic guitar in the second grade, but he also gave me the encouragement to put my own personal style to any piece of music and to develop as the artist I was even at the age of nine. I had never felt so validated by a teacher before. Since I have worked with Hayden, I developed the ability acknowledge myself as an artist, and I have grown to encourage myself to share my music with others. From music theory, to breathing techniques, to speeding up slow songs and slowing down fast ones into a ballad, Hayden showed me the endless possibilities to fall in love with music I was playing with the talent I brought to the table. Hayden taught me piano, guitar, vocals, and most prominently for me, the intricacies of songwriting and story telling. I had struggled with my mental health since I was very little, and Hayden gave me the confidence and support to cope with my mental illnesses through songwriting. Hayden granted me the ability to write music from my soul and from my heart about my mental health, and his teachings truly saved me during some of the roughest times in my life. A music lesson with Hayden was essentially time for me to not only grow and learn as an artist with laughter and positivity, but it was also the time in which I validated my feelings and constructively transformed my sadness and hardship into lyrics and music. I am forever grateful to have Hayden as my teacher and mentor, and I would not be the artist and person I am today without him.