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Bachelor Degree: NYU
I'm a professional jazz saxophonist and composer who has lived in New York and performed around the world for 15 years. I began playing sax when I was 9 years old and quickly developed an interest in jazz. I started playing my first gigs at around 14 and decided to devote my life to the saxophone and music. I received a Bachelor of Music from NYU in jazz saxophone performance. Some of the highlights of my performing career have included concerts in Italy, Russia and Brazil, as well as performances at Lincoln Center and the Village Vanguard in New York.
I've been teaching since the end of high school, when my saxophone teachers enlisted me to help give lessons to some of the younger students in their own after school jazz programs. Since moving to New York I've taught lessons privately from my home studio and traveling to students homes, as well as teaching group lessons in several after-school programs in the Bronx. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of teaching music, and I get a special joy from seeing my students grow and progress.
Every student is different. I tailor my teaching style to fit the needs of and goals of each individual student musician. Beginning students, especially children, need more guidance and structure to the lessons to get started, but it’s still important to keep them interested , engaged and having fun, so I’ll typically integrate lessons on basic technique with songs that children already know. For intermediate and advanced students I tend to take a more flexible approach, paying special attention to what the student wants to get out of the lessons. Of course, if you’re a more advanced student in jazz or classical saxophone, don’t hesitate to talk to me about specific concepts or repertoire that you’re eager to explore.
I love to see my students engaged and interested in their instruments and music in general. I do my best to convey my own passion for my instrument and for music to the student with enthusiasm. I want the students to be inspired and motivated to practice and learn, so I make sure to give him or her plenty of encouragement and positive feedback whenever possible. This is very important especially in the early stages of learning an instrument. I also make sure to maintain constant communication with the student. I think it’s essential that students know their teacher is listening to them during the lessons, and for the teacher to keep students involved by asking questions.