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MM, University of Miami, Studio Jazz Writing
BM, Temple University, Jazz Performance
2012, 2013 - Frost School of Music Full Tuition Scholarship
2013 - Frost Studio Jazz Band – Tribute to Bruce Hornsby (w/Bruce Hornsby), Miami, FL (as arranger/conductor), October 2013
2010 - Keep an Eye Summer Jazz Workshop Scholarship
2006 - 2010 - Temple University Academic Scholarship
Teaching music is an integral part of being a well-rounded musician. I have been teaching music privately and in group settings for nearly 10 years. In 2014, I graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Music degree in Studio Jazz Writing. Music has given me opportunities to play and teach in many parts of the country and overseas as well. In 2010, I attended the Keep an Eye summer jazz workshop at Conservatorium van Amsterdam and premiered original works at the Blue Note Amsterdam. In 2011 I spent three weeks in Accra, Ghana creating and implementing a music program at a local Montessori school.
My teaching experience began in music camps and with a handful of private lessons over the course of a few years during my undergraduate career. After graduating in 2010, I started my own private lesson studio in addition to teaching with a few private music lesson companies. Over the course of two years I built up a combined studio of over 40 students per week on bass, guitar, and piano. I left my studio to pursue graduate studies in Miami, but couldn't stay away from teaching for long and began teaching guitar classes at a local middle school. After teaching numerous classes and over 200 private students, I have developed a fun, efficient, and personable approach to lessons with all ages and levels of experience.
My lesson methods are dependent on the instrument, experience level, age, and specific wants/needs that the student has. For beginner students on piano, reading is required and the books I suggest depend on the student's age. Reading music is highly recommended for guitar and bass students to learn as well, but it is not as strictly taught. In each lesson I make sure to deal with technique or basic music theory/musicianship concepts. I prefer to leave the repertoire selections (what songs we learn) up to the student so we can apply concepts in a familiar context. I can always suggest repertoire based on the skill level of the student and what musical genre he/she is pursuing. In my experience, most adult students approach lessons with specific goals in mind. I make sure to gear each lesson towards those goals in a way that is efficient and fun.
My intent for each lesson is to create small, achievable goals that lead to improvement in a bigger context. Any new concept that we go over in a lesson is put in the context of a real piece of music to enhance understanding. I want every student to leave my lessons feeling good about themselves and their playing. They feel encouraged not only to practice, but to PLAY. Positive reinforcement, flexible lesson structure and encouragement are all key factors to ensuring that lessons are rewarding and fun. Many of my students have unlocked musical talents they never knew they had!
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