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Bachelor Degree: Willamette University
Willamette University Music Departmental Honors
2018 Shuchat Arts Fellow
2018 Outstanding Musicianship - Reno Jazz Festival
Florence Lee Godfrey Scholarship
2015 Terry Agnew WBC Scholarship Award
I'm a trombonist, pianist and producer from Woodinville, Washington. I have studied piano for 18 years and trombone for 12 years. I love to play jazz, classical, funk, rock, Latin, and experimental music.
In May 2019, I attended Willamette University and received my B.A. in music while studying under Professors James Miley, Mike Nord, and Carson Keeble. During my time as an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to study for a semester at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, where I participated in salsa, funk, and jazz big band ensembles as a trombonist. I teach in English and Spanish and believe that language and culture deeply inform our understanding of music.
I love to share my passion for performance, jazz and free improvisation, composition, and music production with my students. I believe my role as a teacher is to help students find their own voice through music. In my spare time, I enjoy running, biking, backpacking, hanging out with his family and friends, and working on my musical craft.
My teaching experience dates back to my high school days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 7 years ago. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and contemporary music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the piano and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with exercises that build fundamentals on the instrument. I'll also assign popular songs from lesson books that build on the fundamentals and specific exercises that the student is working on. I like to have the student play a lot to build muscle memory and ask the students about their perception of their own strengths and weaknesses. I try to find out what the student is interested in and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I think that repetition and reflection are especially important in developing as a musician and listener.
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