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BA, Bard College, Music Composition
I'm a percussionist and composer looking to enrich the lives of my students through the understanding and creative expression of rhythm. I have been drumming for ten years now which has brought me into contact with a wide range of musical styles and musicians. Yet through it all, what's brought me the greatest sense of joy is sharing my love for playing with others. Whether I'm jamming with a funk band or teaching a new student how to hold drum sticks, those moments of mutual understanding that can only come from collaborative music-making inspire me to continually improve and to help others do the same.
I graduated in May, 2015 from Bard College where I was awarded the Margaret Creal Schaefer prize in composition. While in college, I played with several regularly-gigging bands as well as in a variety of classical music ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to avant-garde chamber groups. As a composer, my music was performed by groups such as the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Da Capo Chamber Players.
I take a holistic approach to music pedagogy, engaging a student's musicianship as well as their technical ability. I am a strong believer in Dalcroze Eurythmics - the understanding of rhythm through physical movement - as a means to not only interpret, but feel rhythms intuitively. This fundamental skill set will help students as they simultaneously learn grooves, beats and eventually songs. For more advanced students, I also tackle issues of musicianship but at a more advanced level. From there, I can provide advanced students with lessons geared towards refining their technique, as well as genre-specific instruction.
I believe in music as a force for better understanding oneself and the world, and therefore try to let students follow their own passions towards musical improvement. Of course, practice is an essential part of any musical study, but my priority is connecting students with the music that lives inside of them. The key to motivation is inspiration, and that means I cater to each student's tastes and goals individually to keep them moving forward.
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