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DMA candidate in Jazz Performance, University of Illinois- to be completed Dec. 2014 MM Jazz and Studio Music, University of Memphis- May 2010 BM Jazz Studies, University of North Florida- May 2007
Featured with U. Illinois Concert Jazz band at JEN conference, Louisville-2012
Featured with U. Illinois Concert Jazz band at Midwest Clinic, Chicago- 2011
University of Illinois tuition waver-2011-2013
University of Memphis Graduate Teaching Assistant-2008-2010
University of North Florida Clarinet Scholarship-2005
University of North Florida Jazz Scholarship-2003-2007
Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship-2003-2007
The most important thing for me to note is that I teach intermediate and advanced jazz saxophone as well as beginning and intermediate clarinet, flute and saxophone. After coming to a certain ability level, I will refer classical students to another teacher. I am a candidate for the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance which I am planning to complete in December of 2014. Additionally I earned the Masters of Music in Jazz and Studio Music (2010) and the Bachelors of Music in Jazz studies(2007). I have done five contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines playing saxophone, clarinet and flute. This gig took me around South America, up and down the East and West Coasts of the USA and around South East Asia. Having grown up a military brat with my father in the Army, I am no stranger to travel as I grew up in Germany and had opportunities to travel around Europe. One of my fun experiences is when I travelled to Germany after my masters degree and while there was invited to perform in a festival.
I have taught students professionally since around my junior year of college. Even before that, in high school, I was always a person who had fellow students follow me around to get help and musical advice. I continued to be this inspirational, helpful and knowledgeable person through college and my graduate studies. While the graduate teaching assistant at U. Memphis for the jazz program, I taught college classes but was additionally a saxophone teacher for the U. Memphis Community Music School as well as a beginning woodwind teacher at Bartlett Music Academy. All of my beginning woodwind students made at least their schools honor bands and my high school students have made all county, all west and all state band placements as well as scholarships to study music in the university.
For beginners I generally use Rubank method. I feel this text is complete and covers all of the material that beginning woodwind players need. The intermediate method has even more material as well as repertoire to start the important process of learning longer pieces of music. I stress the fundamentals as this is the basis of all good playing. For my jazz students I use texts by Keller, Weiskopf, Fishman and transcriptions. My thesis topic is on using jazz solo transcriptions to gain technical proficiency on the saxophone.
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