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BA, The Florida State University, Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance
2014 - Principal Saxophone Florida State University Concert Jazz Band
2013-2014 - Five Music and Arts Festivals in Live Oak, FL.
2009-2014 - 50+ Performances for Florida State University
2013-2014 - Eight small group/big band jazz compositions and arrangements debuted by Flordia State University Ensembles
2010-2014 - Seven rock, funk, and bluegrass compositions recorded by Shoes and Laces
At the age of six, I began learning classical guitar, though it was not long after memorizing finger-picking etudes when studying Bach and Mozart evoloved into transcribing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Page solos. It wasn't until the sixth grade when I picked up my first saxophone, and that is when my world split open and melted at the hands of jazz. In the tenth and eleventh grade, I performed alongside some of the finest high school musicians in the country in the 2008 Concert Band of America and 2009 Jazz Band of America. During those years, I began, and have not stopped working as a private instuctor for students of all ages and varying skill levels. While studying at Florida State Unviersity, I formed a five-piece funk band called Shoes and Laces which gained success playing shows alongside national touring acts and released a full-length albumn entitled Melodious Junk which sold hundreds of copies across the country. I currently live in Los Angeles, California working as a freelance musician and private instructor.
The basic idea is for the student to have as much fun as possible playing music while developing good technique and skills. I like to know what interests the student, why they came to play music in the first place, and what kinds of goals and aspirations they have for themselves. I have taught ages from 10-30 and have had a blast learning with all of them! Lessons should not be a stressful "appointment" every week, but instead, a time of excitement to discover and share musical discoveries!
All lessons are tailored specifically to the student's needs. The following are general outlines and may change based on the strengths of the student. Beginning saxophone students, will learn to produce tones, read music and rhythm, and learn basic music theory while establishing good playing habits and technique. Intermediate saxophonists will receive more instruction on improving tone quality and technical ability while being introduced to improvisational concepts and theory. For advanced students, focus is directed to technial ability, tone production, ear training, and improvisation. Guitar students at the beginner level are introduced through simple melodies, strumming patterns, and simple chords. For those with more experience playing guitar, I introduce basic/mid-level music theory in addition to strengthening technical ability and a vocabulary of chords. The advanced students will work on improving technique, music theory concepts, ear training, and improvisation.
Throughout my time in the public school system, I was lucky enough to have passionate, dedicated, and influential music teachers. These individuals helped my natural curiosity and interest in music to grow and become something more. Music is a lifelong passion of mine. I have a strong desire to spread my enthusiasm and knowledge about music because nothing brings me more joy than to inspire other individuals.
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