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Bachelor Degree: Berklee College Of Music
2018 - Graduated magna cum laude
2016 - Academic Achievement Scholarship
2016 - Berklee Achievement Grant
2015 - Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
I am a Rochester Musician and Educator who loves sharing the joy of music with students of all ages. I grew up learning music in the Rochester area and received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2015. I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. Currently, I am the Music Director for Journey Church, and a musician for the International Musicians League. I have had the pleasure of performing in such places as Fenway Park, Warner Music Records, Agganis Arena, and Kodak Hall. In Rochester, I have been a lesson instructor at Atlas Music and The Music Store, both in Webster.
My main goal is for students to discover all the music has to offer, beyond simply being able to play their instrument. I come from a strict classical background but now find myself having to be a versatile musician who appreciates and can perform all styles of music. Whether music is just a hobby, a future career, or just a trial, I aim to unlock a new creative potential and form of expression that encourages a lifelong love for all music. Music is very much a personal subject unique to each person, and I create different lesson plans for every student I have. I have acquired a large amount of sheet music, textbooks, and other sources that I am happy to share with my students. Along with learning the technique of your instrument, I also place emphasis on teaching ear training, aural skills, basic music theory, and writing their own music. I strongly encourage my students to perform outside of lessons, whether it be a competition, recital, or even a small show for your family!
For beginning children, I typically like to use the Alfred series of beginner books depending on the instrument. I also like the students to rely on their ears just as equally, so the other half of the lesson is usually dedicated to learning music without relying on reading music. Of course, this is all dependent on the student's needs or prior experience. More importantly, I want to teach the student what they are truly interested in with music, and I have plenty of material to discuss if they are unsure of this interest. Lessons are always kept lighthearted and fun! I want to be as productive as possible but I don't believe in being a teacher who only ridicules students.
Again, music is a deeply personal subject and I want to encourage every student to find their unique voice and love for music. My goal is to develop strong all-around music skills along with learning the technique of the instrument they chose. Every student works at a different pace, and I plan accordingly. I like to set reachable, realistic goals for students each week to develop a strong sense of accomplishment and hunger to learn more the following week. Lastly, music is a subject that requires much encouragement and support-more than most activities. I intend to be a student's strongest supporter alongside encouraging parents and friends to be just as supportive.
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