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Bachelor Degree: Bowling Green State University
Hello! As an instructor, I am motivated to find where your passions lie and bring them to their fullest potential. I am classically trained, but discovered my love for jazz music at a young age. In 2018, I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies (saxophone). I am currently in pursuance of my Masters of Music at the City College of New York, and will be graduating Spring 2020. As a saxophonist and composer I have had the pleasure of performing and studying with some of the greatest musicians the world has to offer.
I began teaching both privately and as a group instructor 4 years ago while studying in Undergrad. Since then, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a teaching assistant at summer jazz workshops, and have been teaching privately in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and now New York. Instilling a love for the process of learning and practicing is my top priority as an instructor. Striking the right balance between regimented fundamental practice and pursuing the students' personal musical interests allows the student to develop a healthy sense of discipline and reward in all aspects of their life.
For beginning students, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, along with my own personalized sound and technique exercises. After getting a grasp of the fundamentals - depending on the student's area of interest - I will either begin to introduce classical solo repertoire, jazz theory and transcription or concepts of a style of music the student is particularly interested in otherwise. Music composition is also one of my biggest passions, and I am always willing to introduce the wonderful world of writing your own music to my students, no matter their ability level.
Nothing is more rewarding as an instructor than watching a student develop a passion for learning, as it can be endlessly beneficial to them in not just music, but all aspects of their life. Setting both attainable short and long-term goals for each student instills an eagerness to learn more, and also allows each student to develop at their own pace. Properly rewarding the student when they achieve their goals helps further instill this love of learning. Every student learns differently, so it is crucial for me as an instructor to find what motivates them and where their passions lie, so I can properly tailor my instruction so what suits them best.
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