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BM, University of Illinois, Jazz Performance, Saxophone Performance
Full Scholarship to the University of Illinois
2005 School of Music Divisional Award for top student, University of Illinois
Solo Awards North Texas Jazz Festival 2003-2007
Perfromed at Lincoln Center 2002 New York City
Performed at Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore, Philipinnes Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, Tokyo Jazz Festival
I'm a passionate teacher that expects the best from his students. But at the same time I want my students to enjoy the music they are creating. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Illinois with a BM in Jazz Performance/Saxophone Performance. I have been fortunate to travel and play in 105 countries all over the world playing at many jazz festivals and concert halls. While traveling I was also asked to speak at schools as well as many top Universities in France, England, China, and the Philippines. I was also able to give less fortunate children around the world an oppurtunity to hear and play music in a class setting.
My teaching experience goes back to college, i taught private lessons as well as large ensembles and small ensembles at local high schools. I have traveled with a non for profit around the world working in poorer communities giving children a chance to experience playing and learning about music. My students have received top honors in middle school, and high school as well as some of them receiving scholarships from Universities. I encourage practicing on a daily basis as well as listening to the instrument you study on a regular basis. I want my students to enjoy themselves but also I have high expectations to make them better. My students are encouraged to play to perform in public in concerts as well as in competitions and community ensembles. I will work with all levels to make you better.
For beginning students I like to start in the Standard of Excellence Series as well as the Rubank Method Books. I also try to allow my students a chance to play something they want at the end of lessons. Older students and adults we can fgure out what you want from the lessons. I try to work it so it is enjoyable for you yet not as elementary.
I try to get my students to develop a passion for music. My style and curriculum tend to have my students progressing quickly, but attention to detail is very important to me as well as a great sound on the instrument. I try to make realistic goals for my students. We can achieve anything as long as we put the effort in. It's also important to me that my students are enjoying and learning music they want.
Andrew is very direct and no-fuss when it comes to correcting mistakes and demonstrating how to improve. This maximizes the 30 minutes we have with him. He gives praise when it is due.
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