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DMA, Univeristy of Colorado, Jazz Studies MM, The University of the Arts, Jazz Studies BM, SUNY at Purchase College, Jazz Studies
2015 - Downbeat Magazine - Outstanding Graduate Soloist
2015 - Artist in Residence - Penn State Altoona
2008 - University of the Arts - Clem De Rosa Award
In 2014 I completed my Doctor of Musical Arts degree and moved to the Philadelphia area. I have been an active performer, composer, and educator for the last 15 years of my life recently serving as Artist in Residence at Penn State's Altoona campus. Alongside performing in the Philadelphia area I have been a guest lecturer and artist for The University of the Arts in 2014 and 2015.
I first began teaching upon the completion of my undergraduate studies in 2004. At that time the majority of my students were beginners in their first or second year of playing. By 2008 I had completed the first of my two graduate degrees in music. With this accomplishment the students seeking lessons with me generally became older, typically in the junior high and high school ages. It has been my priveldge to help some of these students reach their goals of becoming university and college music majors and scholarship recipients. During my doctoral work and a recent residency at Penn State Altoona, I had the opportunity to teach musicians at the collegiate level. Throughout all of these experiences I find it rewarding to work with any student, at any age or level of development.
My methods vary greatly depending on the student's goals and experience. Through the first few years of study, an emphasis on the fundamentals of music and instrumental skills is required. This typically takes the form of a beginning method book. For students beyond this phase of study, advanced technique work takes the form of scale, chord, and interval studies. I couple these with the development of repertoire that fits the needs and goals of that student. This may take the form of audition preperation for district, regional, or state band, college preperation, or materials in their school band that they are not confident of.
In my teaching I try to be sensitive to the individual student's needs and desires while stressing the discipline required to reach these goals. The study of music is often a progression of 'ah-ha!' moments where the student experiences an understanding of something they may have struggled with for a period of time. It is the responsibility of a teacher to leaad students to these breakthroughs by presenting a variety of approaches to something a student finds difficult while continuing to motivate them.
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