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BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Trombone Performance
Graduate Credits, Rutgers University, Trombone Performance
1993-1997- Performed with Carnegie Mellon Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), and The Kennedy Center
2002- Performed with Ray Charles and the Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble.
2003- Performed at Harmony Hall (Fukui, Japan) 10th anniversary celebration with the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble
2014- Earned a Superior Rating at the High Note Festival as Maplewood Middle School Director of Bands.
My teaching life began as a college graduate who became a member of Tales & Scales Inc. which is a performing and educating ensemble who tours the country performing for children of all ages. Part of the work I did involved workshops with students showing them how music and stories worked together. That experience told me that I wanted to be a music educator. In the years that followed, I taught instrumental music in numerous parochial schools throughout New Jersey. Currently, I am the Director of Bands at Maplewood Middle School where I try and cultivate an enviroment of learning, understanding, and music-making. I love what I do and I look forward to teaching all of my new Musika students!
My method of teaching is very simple: get to know each student's strengths and where they need attention in their playing. Every one of my students will love the time they spend learning their given instrument. My goal is to make every student I teach an independent musician who can flourish in any musical setting. This independence comes from solid fundamentals of Sound, Note- Reading, and Rhythm-Reading. These three concepts lead to a love of music and music-making. I also hope my students are avid music lovers. They need to listen to all different types of music including their favorites.
My teaching style comes from a love of music and family. Every student I teach becomes part of a musical family that I've been a part of for over 30 years. I take the time to get to know my students which makes me able to tailor their music education specifically to their needs and likes. As a student progresses, I make sure that they realize the special work that they do and how it can impact their life. Every student I teach is distinct in their abilities which means I have to customize my teaching to them.
Chris is wonderful! My son enjoys his lessons tremendously and is learning so much during each session.
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