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BS, Univeristy of Miami, Music Engineering
2014 - Present: Performed bass and vocals with band FeelFree at The 930 Club, Hamilton Live, State Theatre, Union Stage, Gypsy Sally's, and many other venues in DMV and throughout the East coast. Played various festivals including FloydFest. Recorded three albums as well with FeelFree. 2013: Won Best Original Score at Cane's Film Festival in Miami for score of Peintures Pour Louis. 2010 - Frost School of Music Scholarship (Saxophone performance)
Hi! I have been playing music for almost 20 years and am excited to share my knowledge and love of many kinds of music. I started playing in fourth grade, going on to play first chair in high school concert and jazz bands and regional bands. Throughout that time, I learned guitar, keyboard, and bass guitar. I went on to go to the Frost School of Music at University of Miami, and graduated in 2014. Since then, I have been performing in many venues in DC area and along the East Coast. I started teaching private lessons after graduation, and continue to teach in the local area.
My teaching experience started after college, teaching a family friend bass guitar. From there I realized I could just as well teach guitar, piano, and saxophone as well. I find it rewarding to watch people grow and learn skills they can use the rest of their life, enriching their life with the expression of music. From taking private lessons of my own on saxophone and guitar throughout high school and college, I've learned that consistency of practice is key! I emphasize learning the classical methods of learning music (i.e. classical repertoire, reading music, music theory) as well as newer methods (ear training, transcribing, modern music songwriting). I think knowing both are crucial to a well-rounded and successful musician. I encourage my students to write their own music as well, and I am fluent in many different genres so I'm happy to help guide them along.
For young beginners, I generally will start with a beginning method book (such as Hal Leonard's Essential Elements) but the book will depend on the instrument as well. For older students, I want to know what kind of music they enjoy playing or listen to, and guide them along to reach their goals--whether that be to play in a band, write and record an album, or just become a better player! For older students who are experienced, I generally advise them to at least learn the basics of jazz harmony and theory, because I know how much influence jazz has had on so many genres of today.
I love to see my students overcome challenges in music. My music teacher used to say, "nothing is hard, or difficult, just challenging." If students learn how to practice effectively on their own, learning new music becomes easier over time. I teach my students how to approach a certain rhythm, phrase, or fingering and the techniques to do so correctly such as by slowing down and practicing with a metronome, our muscle memory will be able to play it up to speed once it's learned. I understand that students will learn at different paces and I set appropriate goals to reach at the end of each lesson for the next time. All that said, I want them to have fun playing! I want them to explore music as they develop their own unique musical tastes.
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