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Graduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University
Master Degree: Duquesne University
Bachelor Degree: Baldwin Wallace University
2019 - Winner, Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition
2018 - Quarterfinalist, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
2018 - Winner, Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Competition
2018 - Guest Lecturer/Recitalist, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium
2016 - Graduate Fellowship, Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music
In my fifteen years on the saxophone, I've played in all sorts of musical environments and styles, equally comfortable sitting in a swing band as standing in front of an orchestra. No matter what skill level you are or what genre you're hoping to learn, I will be able to help you find ways to improve your sound and style. As my student, you will develop not just your finger work, tonguing, and breathing, but also fundamental listening and analyzing skills that will help you become a more well-rounded, thoughtful, and expressive musician.
I always feel my best when I'm teaching!
As a private saxophone teacher, I've taught beginners as well as college students. As a graduate student, I also coached chamber groups and sectionals for younger students.
I encourage all my students to keep open minds and to listen to all kinds of music. It's important that my students develop not just a love for music, but also a love for learning. I love music, but it is far from the only thing there is to appreciate in life. The world is full of inspiration, and it is important that people keep looking for it all around them.
I believe in meeting a student where they are. Stuffy method books and strict teaching regiments are not going to give the same results from each student. Finding music students like to play is a better way to get them excited about playing and will become an entryway into learning the more mundane parts of playing the instrument. After all, the musical concepts I want my students to learn can be found in all kinds of music. If students find these things organically through playing the music, they will immediately see their importance.
As a teacher, I'm interested in more than just my students' success on the saxophone. I want to cultivate their understanding of music from all angles - to get them listening to new styles, learning the history, analyzing the pieces they play. I also want to ingrain habits that will help them in all areas of their life - setting achievable goals, developing discipline, respecting others, and loving to learn. I don't care if my students become professional musicians, but rather if they become inspired, loving, open-minded people who value all that life has to offer.
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