BM, University of Oregon, Jazz Studies
2008 - University of Oregon full tuition scholarship
Throughout my entire life I have possessed a great amount of zeal and love for music, and helping others develop their own relationship with music brings me great joy. I started playing at age 8 and began gigging professionally at age 14. From hardcore punk bands to symphony orchestras, jazz groups to indie rock bands, freely improvised avant-garde music to ska bands, I’ve performed in a vast array of musical settings and I still love finding new performing experiences every day! I tour with several bands throughout the U.S. and perform often in Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area.
I've been teaching almost as long as I've been playing. By the time I was in high school I had earned the reputation as "the drum guy" and friends would come to me for informal lessons on how to practice and play drums. Some of these students have continued their musical pursuits and have gone on to attend good music colleges and are playing professionally! During my time at college I continued teaching on the side, and since I have graduated and relocated to Portland I have dedicated myself to teaching full-time.
I teach using a set of core principals which allows my students to gain control and understanding of the fundamentals of drumming, and more importantly, music. I work with my students to create short and long term goals, and I construct specific lessons based on these goals. I regularly learn songs that my students love, and use these songs to teach core concepts and create exercises that are specific to the students interests. This method of teaching fuels motivation and makes lessons fun, while also providing a solid musical foundation.
I place equal emphasis on technical practice, theory, creativity, and musicality. Practice assignments for each week are clear and simple, yet challenging. They usually consist of a few exercises to practice everyday as well as a “musical task” such as a song to learn, a musician to listen to, or creating your own beat or fill.