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BM, The University of the District of Columbia, Music Performance/Jazz Studies
2016 - 5 Week Tour of Doha, Quatar playing for Jazz at Lincoln Center. 2015 - Voted "Best Jazz Trumpet Player" by the Washington City Paper 2010 - Producer on Raheem DeVaughn's "Love and War Masterpeace" album that was Grammy Nominated 2003 - Selected to participate in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program for young composers presented by the Kennedy Center
I love music. Music changed my life growing up. I was a very shy kid and music taught me how to connect with others from various backgrounds. I think that music is one of the most powerful forces on our planet. Being a teacher is amazing because I get to share those experiences with my students. I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors of Music with a focus on Jazz Studies. I also am lucky enough to travel the world playing music for a living. I've gotten the chance to play with Stevie Wonder, tour the Middle East for 5 weeks, produce music for Grammy-Nominated Artists and hear my compositions on the radio and television.
I began teaching while in college. I taught band at an Elementary school for 5 Years. I also went on to become an adjunct professor at The University of the District of Columbia teaching "Jazz Trumpet" and "Beginning Jazz Piano". What I love about teaching is the moment when a student "gets it". I love to see that expression of amazement on their faces as they overcome some obstacle that may have been previously plaguing them. That's a gift in itself. I learn just as much from my students as i teach them. I believe that learning should be fun and focused. As long as we are directing our energies towards the accomplishment of set goals and objectives why not have fun along the way? After the work is done, music should be fun.
For students just starting out the focus is always on the fundamentals. Hal Leonard has some great Essential Elements books. When students show progress with these types of instruction manuals we'll usually jump to specific pieces of music that focus on the elements that we learned about in our method books. Lessons are tailored to the student and his or her needs and goals. All students aren't shooting to play at Carnegie Hall or tour the World. Some of my students just want to be able to learn a song from the radio whenever they want. I'm happy to teach them all the fundamentals so that that is not only possible but fun.
I love to teach. I love sharing the knowledge and experience that I've accumulated over the years as a Musician. For me the best part is opening my students eyes to the possibilities music has to offer. Its very rewarding to see them grow and not only achieve the goals we set together but to become continually curious about music and life. I love to encourage my students yet I also am not afraid to let them know when they're veered off of the path. That balance has made my teaching experiences all very rewarding.
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