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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
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 have been playing trumpet since I was in fourth grade, and trombone since I got to college. At Rutgers, I enjoyed the opportunity to play in a Grammy nominated wind ensemble, the Rutgers symphony orchestra and it's many professional musicians, the Rutgers opera orchestra, and the flagship Rutgers Brass ensemble. I started teaching private lessons 3 years ago and have enjoyed the opportunity to teach a variety of ages and abilities as well as in many a wide range of settings. In addition to teaching privately, in chamber settings, and with full ensembles, I worked as brass techniques instructor for the Governor Livingston High School Marching Highlanders during their 2017 season where they placed fifth at the Atlantic Coast championships in Group 20 by creating a wall of brass sound for their performance of many of Bach's masterpieces.
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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