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BM, Towson University, Jazz/Commercial Trombone Performance
2015 - Performed with Bobby Shew, Drew Gress, Ellery Eskelin, Jim McFalls, Dave Ballou, and Tim Murphy in multiple performances at Towson University
2014 - Member of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra
2014 - Toured extensively with a local band, Bosley
2014 - Performed with the Peabody Jazz Orchestra as Lead Trombonist
2011 - Performed with the Baltimore County All-Count Symphonic Band at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
I am a driven performer, as well as an inspired instructor who learns just as much from his students as they do from him. In 2014, I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz/Commercial Trombone Performance. I have toured all over the country playing in many different bands, allowing me to experience many things in life that I never would have without music. I enjoy performing in both the Jazz/Commercial world, and the Classical world. I have also had the privilege to record with multiple bands. Experiencing the classical scene playing in symphony halls, and the jazz/commercial scene by playing in clubs and even on street corners, has given me the opportunity to become a well rounded performing, musician, and teacher.
My teaching experience began in my junior year of high school (2009) when I was asked by younger students if I could teach them outside of school. I enjoyed teaching these students, their siblings, and other students up until last year (2013) when my last student left for college. I took a year off from teaching in order to complete my college degree at Towson University, and now that I have graduated I am looking to share my knowledge, experience, work ethic, and passion for music, with students that have a burning desire to pursue music either as a living, or a hobby. Building a students' confidence in themself, and making sure that they enjoy the music they are playing, are key points I like to address in my students. My goal is to take the spark that was ignited inside of a young musician when they first began playing music, and nurture it into a raging fire! I hope to motivate my students so that they can face music, and life, with strength and conviction.
For beginners, the fundamentals are essential to building a strong musical foundation. These include the technical aspects of playing the horn, as well as listening to all forms of music in a concentrated manner in order to enable the student to not just PLAY, but to also LISTEN. Once these fundamentals have progressed, I like to introduce small amounts of music theory so that the student gain a better understanding of everything they play. For adults, every individual learns in unique ways. Simply having a conversation with the student about what in music they enjoy and want to get better at, allows me to create a unique lesson plan just for them!
Every student has a hunger for music, a hunger to progress and become more experienced and proficient; my job is to teach a student how to feed that hunger. Each student has a different drive and different goals, therefore, each students' lesson is unique! I encourage students to set their own goals in order to challenge, and motivate themselves. When a student achieves a goal, acknowledging this stride is paramount to building confidence and motivation. Every student is different, and I intend to give each student their own unique experience.
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