MM, Hartt School of Music, Percussion Performance (In Progress) BM, Keene State College, Percussion Performance High School Degree, Londonderry Senior High School
2016 - Hartt School of Music Talent Scholarship 2016 - Keene State College Instrumentalist of the Year 2014 - Performed with the Cotton Club All Star Band 2010 - Performed with Peter Erskine at The Interlochen Arts Academy
I am a very driven instructor who encourages a passion for music and hard work from students in a positive atmosphere. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance from Keene State College in 2016. I am currently continuing my studies into 2018 where I will receive a Masters of Music from the Hartt School of Music. I have had the great honor of working with many world renowned musicians such as Peter Erskine, Steve Michaud, Dave DiCenso, and others. In that time I have performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem NY, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen MI, and the Pre-Olympic Ceremonies in Beijing China in 2008.
My teaching experience spans back to when I was in High School. I came from a very fortunate music program that focused heavily on marching band and jazz music. I had helped many incoming freshmen develop the skills necessary to succeed in the music program and watched them blossom into very talented, hard working musicians. After high school I continued to teach students and help them prepare for outside ensemble auditions, college auditions, and working on college repertoire with fellow students. Ever since I started teaching, I have always been encouraged by my students as they go from "I can't do this" to "This stuff is easy!".
For beginning students I run through a personalized lesson plan that caters to the students learning abilities and their pace of learning. I strongly believe in the use of a metronome and the versatility of percussion rudiments so I usually have most beginning students start there. As they progress through their concept of time and technique has improved I will then suggest to parents (if the student is interested) that their child moves on to the drum set where I bring them through the Time Functioning book by Gary Chaffee. For adults I talk with them and find out what interests them and guide each lesson to keep them engaged and having fun, no matter what skill level they are at. Bottom line, no matter what age or skill level, I try to promote a positive and fun atmosphere while expecting hard work from every student.
I expect hard work from every student I teach. While I don't expect every week to be successful (We are human for goodness sake) as long as a student gives a true honest effort we can always make progress together. I always encourage questions or comments during or after the lesson. I want every student to leave my studio feeling confident they can get sufficient work done for our next lesson. I strongly believe that if a student doesn't like the direction I am taking them, they should tell me right away. I always want my students to come into each lesson excited, amped up, and ready to hit some drums!