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Associate Degree: Seminole State College Of Florida
2017 - Winter Springs High School Concerto Competition Winner
2018 - Presented the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
2019 - Nominated Best Musical Act In Central Florida
I am a 21 year old musical performer, educator, and composer residing in New Smyrna Beach. I started playing the Flute when I was 11 and the Saxophone when I was 12. After only a few months of playing both instruments I knew I wanted to study and teach music for a living, so in high school I got involved in multiple music competitions, out-of-school performances, and other extracurriculars. After the past few years of intense practicing and studying in college, I’ve had the privilege of playing the Flute in performances with the Orlando Symphony Orchestra, performing Jazz on Saxophone at the Orlando Museum of Art, and frequently attending recording sessions with some of the top musicians in Central Florida. I also currently host a monthly jazz jam session in Orlando and play Lead Alto in the Orlando Big Band.
I started teaching 1st graders about basic music concepts at the local elementary school when I was in 7th grade. Once I got to high school and I started to get serious about music, I began teaching private lessons to middle school and other high school students. By the time I was in college, I was capable of teaching lessons to students of any age or skill level. I now teach a wide variety of students between the ages of 6 and 73 and have taught many genres including: Jazz, classical, pop, hip hop, blues, r&b, samba, soul, funk, rock, and avant-garde. I've always loved seeing the look on student's faces when they play something they really liked or feel like they accomplished their goals and it's what keeps me driven to teach.
For my beginners, I like to get to know about my student's personal musical goals and interests. From there, I like to use the fundamentals of their instrument and basic music theory concepts as stepping stones to play songs and ideas they want to learn and put in their own playing. For my intermediate students, I like to keep them learning songs they're interested in while strengthening their grasp on more advanced music theory concepts. I have my advanced students work on a lot of difficult music that they may not be familiar with to broaden their horizens while showing them difficult patterns and exercises to strengthen the mastery of their instrument. Overall, I always try to make sure that my students are learning about their own personal love of music through my teaching. If they're not enjoying the learning process, I'm not doing a good job!
When I teach, I always make sure that I present new concepts and ideas in a digestible way. I also make sure my student and I are always on the same page with their goals and their playing. If my students don't understand something or feel like they're in over their head, I don't rush them to figure it out. Backtracking is always seen as a positive thing. The most important part of my student's lessons is for them to learn how to teach themselves how to demonstrate the concepts I show them when they practice.
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