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BM, Western Michigan University, Jazz Studies, Trumpet MM, Temple University, Jazz Studies, Trumpet
2017-Participated in the Ravinia Composition workshop at the Steins Institute in Chicago 2017-Participated in the Prestigious Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music 2018-Jazz Faculty for Litchfield Jazz Camp 2018-Commissioned to compose for multiple Big Bands around the Philadelphia area. 2018-Leads his own Jazz Sextet and is a highly sought after freelance trumpeter in the Philadelphia area.
I'm a very passionate and invested artist that really enjoys watching his students grow and helping them achieve their goals. I just graduated from Temple University with my masters degree in Jazz Studies, but am versed in many styles of playing and composing. As a freelance trumpeter, I have played at venues all over the U.S. and multiple countries in Europe. Since moving to Philadelphia, I have performed with such names as Tim Warfield Jr., Mike Boone, John Swana, Byron Landham, at such venues as Heritage, Chris's Jazz Cafe, South, Temple Performing Arts Center and Time.
My teaching experience dates back to my undergrad days, where I began teaching private lessons about 7 years ago. After moving to Philadelphia I have developed a strong concept for teaching which includes a focus on the fundamentals to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. This includes a combination of classical and jazz music to help the students enjoy what they are doing and stay motivated. Lessons should be fun, and that is the ultimate goal for me as a teacher. To spread love for music and ignite the student's creative side in many different ways. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!!
For beginning students, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements as well as my own individual exercises written specifically for each student's needs as they develop. After they have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire and etudes for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in as well as where they are at in their musical development and proceed accordingly. I make sure that this can keep lessons engaging and fun no matter their ability level so students can get the most of the time we have together each week.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students develop a passion for music as well as realize how rewarding music can be. Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this and nurture this by assigning exercises to each student for their specific goals. After achieving each goal I feel like they will be more eager to learn and motivated to succeed. Which I find translates to life and reinforces important lessons outside of music. After finding what inspires each student, I can tailor my instruction to help them the most!
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