BM, William Paterson University, Jazz Saxophone Performance Diploma, Fairport High School
2014-2015 - Featured WPU Small Jazz Ensemble 2014- William Paterson Dean's List
Hello! I am a freelance jazz saxophonist and woodwind player living in Jersey City. In 2016, I graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in jazz saxophone performance. I am passionate about all things music. Whenever I am performing, playing, teaching, practicing, talking about, or listening to, music... that is where I want to be! I have played and performed many styles of music all across New Jersey and New York, from jazz at Dizzy's in New York, to classic rock at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, to pit orchestra music at various playhouses in New Jersey.
I began my teaching days informally when I was still a student at Fairport High School. Some family friends wanted to learn how to play saxophone, so I began teaching them. Next thing I knew, I had a small-time music studio in my parents' basement! I was teaching saxophone as well as jazz improvisation at that time. I took a break from teaching when I went to college, and began teaching again the summer after I graduated. Now that my skill set has expanded to include flute and clarinet as well as saxophone, I am looking forward to growing my lesson studio. I'm always looking for new students of all ages and all levels!
My lessons vary from student to student, but are generally comprised of two parts. The first part involves working out a method book or classical etude book, depending on the level of the student. I believe that working out of a book is a great way to cover many of the fundamental bases of being an instrumentalist, such as reading music, developing technique, developing a good sound, playing with good rhythm, etc. It also helps to ensure steady progress from week to week. However, music is more than just notes on a page! In order to get a more well-rounded musical experience, I have developed exercises to work on musical areas such as ear training, theory, rhythm, sound, improvisation, etc, depending on the student's interests and musical needs.
My teaching style is focused on playing as much as possible and encouraging good practice habits. The most important thing I can do as a teacher is teach my students good practice habits! This includes showing students not only WHAT to practice, but HOW to practice it. By spending as much time as possible in the lesson playing together, I have found that my students have more fun playing in the lesson, learn more, and in turn practice more during the week! Playing scales/etudes/duets/exercises in the lesson together helps the student develop good habits to take home such as playing with a good sound, steady rhythm, accurate intonation, and more. It is my goal to encourage my students to ENJOY practicing!
Dan is very understanding and patient. My son is 13 and is learning a lot. Where other lessons have not succeeded, he's finally making progress with Dan's help.