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BA, Florida State University, Jazz Studies
MM, Manhattan School of Music, Jazz Trombone
2014 - Performed with Marcus Roberts's Modern Jazz Generation
2015 - Performed with Conservatorium van Amsterdam Big Band at North Sea Jazz Festival
2016 - Performed with the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard
2016 - Member of the Disneyland All-American College Band
2017 - Trombonist/Tubist for Broadway's Cotton Club Musical: After Midnight aboard the Norwegian Escape cruise ship
Hello! I love teaching and value each and every student I have as an individual, and cater my lessons to match your interests. I'm originally from Georgia, and moved to New York to pursue my career as a jazz trombonist, and since have performed all over the world including Europe and the Caribbean. I also love folk and rock music, and have played banjo for 2 years, and also write music for my own group where I combine trombone playing and the banjo with other jazz musicians! Besides music I love to hike and cooking awesome food.
I started teaching privately in college at Florida State University, and was even asked to teach for the F.S.U. summer jazz camp as the middle school instructor for their big band. I also taught trombone masterclasses as well as a small group. In New York I've taught privately for 3 years, and have also had the opportunity to work with elementary schools in the city doing jazz presentations through my Master's degree program at Manhattan School of Music. I've also been a guest clinician with schools in my area of Middle Georgia, teaching group classes of low brass students.
I directly relate my teaching methods to Dr. Jan Kagrice, the founder of Musician's Wellness of North America; an organization that rehabilitates musicians with conditions that affect their ability to play their instruments. I've continued her teachings of a relaxed, observational form of playing, which basically means that my students learn how to play a brass instrument with the least amount of effort possible with the best sound possible. The method is also very body-oriented, with healthy stretches and focus on a sustainable way to play these instruments.
This method is easy to learn for kids and adults, and in fact children are usually more receptive of it because their brains are more eager to learn!
I help each student not only meet their goals on their instrument, but also to meet their goals in life. If a student is interested in music, I strive to help them discover their big "Why?". Why do they play their instrument, and what is their reason for making music. I believe in coach-based teaching. In other words, the student is on their journey to discover how to achieve their goals, and I am a coach to guide them on their way. I have more experience, but I am also on the same path that they are on, so it is a team effort in the end.
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