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Bachelor Degree: Berklee College of Music
Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Grant 2014/2015
Roulette Resident Artist 2019/2020
Grammy Nominated Album "12 Little Spells" Esperanza Spalding (featured on last track)
Hello, Im very excited about teaching students the very important basic principles of music when helping them realize their voice and ability to write and perform their own original music. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008 with a degree in Professional Music and a focus in classical composition/jazz pedagogy/music theory/jazz performance. Ive had the wonderful pleasure of touring over 40 countries and recording with great artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jeff Tain Watts, Rudimental, Ravi Coltrane, John Blake, Kimberly Thompson, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, and many more amazing artists. Im also featured on Esperanza's Spalding's release "12 Little Spells" which received a grammy nomination for 2020 for "Best Vocal Jazz Album". I teach music theory, saxophone, piano, composition, ear training, and electronic music programming.
Ive been teaching private lessons for about 5 years at this point and I have really seen how my method for teaching as been rewarding for my students. My students range from multitudes of different musical backgrounds so what I like to do is work on their basic musical foundation by teaching them theory and ear training to be able to understand how music works and how this knowledge applies to their musical development. I find that jazz theory is a very useful topic to present to the student slowly since this harmony is used in most popular music. Im also always looking for the most effective way to help my student develop their musical understanding so that they can improve in a much more rapid manner.
My technique for teaching students vary depending on the student and their competency. If the student is a beginner I like to start them with the basics of theory and rhythm by explaining the circle of 5ths, major scales, minor scales, augmented, and diminished scales. Then once the student grasps the very basic concepts of music theory I then either have them bring in a song the would like to play or I will give them variations of Ferling Etudes or Bach Etudes to establish a solid foundation in music theory. I like to give the student information in smaller increments in order to make sure they fully understand the concepts I present before moving on.
My teaching style is totally based on the energy and personality of the student. With younger students I try to be as patient as possible by allowing them to tell me exactly what they are looking to learn in the lessons. I then base my lesson plan on this interaction and build the relationship from there. I will assign tasks for the students to complete before the next lesson so that they are doing the work needed to improve their musicianship. I also present a positive, high energy atmosphere to encourage the student to work as hard as they can to improve.
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