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BA, Hood College, Music History & Literature
MA, Manhattan School of Music, double bass performance **starting program fall 2019**
2019 - Manhattan School of Music merit scholarship
I began my musical journey on the drums, which quickly led me to the guitar and bass guitar as well, all three of which I studied with Matt Thompson in Frederick, MD. In high school, I ended up gravitating towards the bass as my primary instrument, and a growing interest in jazz caused me to add the upright bass to my collection of instruments. Little did I know that this would become an even bigger obsession of mine! Once I started lessons on the upright bass, originally with the intention of only playing jazz, I soon fell in love with classical bass playing, and this became my primary focus during college. My major teachers have included Lynn Fleming, Jeff Weisner of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Laura Ruas of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In the fall of 2019, at Manhattan School of Music, I will join the bass studio of Jeremy McCoy of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
I perform as a multi-faceted bassist, in a mixture of genres and ensembles, enjoying the variety and breadth of musical opportunities I find myself in. I have experience playing in orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock, funk, and blues bands, and am active as a composer and conductor as well.
My formal education culminated in a B.A. in Music History & Literature from Hood College, where I graduated in 2010 magna cum laude and with departmental honors. At Hood, I received the Excellence in Music prize each semester. I have been gigging as a professional bassist since high school, in a multitude of jazz, rock, and classical ensembles.
I have been teaching private lessons since 2006, and have been fortunate to gain experience with all age groups and skill levels.
Coming from a unique combination of genres, I am able to bring the complete spectrum of music into my playing and teaching. My experience with improvisation and learning by ear enables me to take a more intuitive and sensitive approach to classical notated music, and my experience with classical music gives me a complete understanding of the theory and harmony that crosses over into non-classical genres.
My first priority as a teacher is to find out what the student is interested in. Why do they want to play? What music do they like? What are they hoping to accomplish? That is always my starting point. From there, I help the students reach their individual goals, while also teaching a basic curriculum I have designed myself in order to give the students the skills and knowledge all players require.
As a multi-instrumentalist, I'm able to give my students a real context for their instrument by accompanying them. My students learn how to make music with others, and how to work in an ensemble. I love to push my students to the edge of their ability, both technically and creatively.
I teach to each student’s style of learning and thinking, and approach my job from a place of complete respect for the students. The most fundamental quality of my teaching style is my desire to make everything I teach relevant and personal for the students, so that they truly connect to what is being taught, rather than simply learning facts and assimilating information.
My ultimate goal as a teacher is for my students to be complete, well-rounded players, able to approach any genre with a complete understanding of the depths of music.
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