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BM, Rutgers University New Brunswick, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Music Education (Trumpet)
2013-2017 - Rutgers University Scarlet Scholarship
2013-2017 - Mason Gross School of the Arts Dean's Scholarship
2016 - Mason Gross School of the Arts Chamber Music Competition Winner
2019 - NJ Group IIA State Championship Matching Band Director
I am a fundamentals oriented brass instructor who works hard to give students the technical abilities and understandings that they need in order to express themselves musically. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers New Brunswick in January of 2018 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. I spent my time at Rutgers collecting as much performance experience and brass pedagogy as possible in order to improve my own playing as well as my teaching. I have had the opportunity to work with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the American Ballet Theater, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Streetlight Manifesto and enjoy bringing parts of their musical understandings to my playing and teaching.
I am a NY/NJ based music teacher and performer with years of private lesson experience. I teach every instrument at a beginner level but specialize in brass pedagogy and the development of brass technique. My students develop a thorough understanding of the skills required to play their instrument, the theory necessary to analyze and understand their music, and the creativity needed to transform the music on the page into a personal expression of their own art. I taught and performed music from orchestra, to musical, to punk rock, and it is always exciting to create music and to share the passion for creating the music that resonates with each student.
For beginning students, I typically use Essential Elements or Standard of Excellence (whichever they are not using in school if any). I use these series until a student has progressed enough at the fundamentals of playing that specific functions can be addressed. At that point, I will begin to split instruction into flow studies, flexibility, tone, air movement, and articulation, drawing from a variety of books created by some of the world's leading brass musicians. I like to approach individual solo work through these technical proficiencies and have had great successin building brass players in this manner.
My particular brand of brass pedagogy has roots that trace back to the Chicago Symphony's legendary Bud Herseth. I believe in the pursuit of mastery of many of the basic techniques of brass playing - air movement, flexibility, and tone are the most important pieces of what we do as brass players, and I have collected an arsenal of exercises to build skill in these areas. I use a collection of techniques from a wide range of trumpet players from Ray Mase to Allen Vizzutti to Michael Sachs and will use these approaches to define musical outlook and technique.
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