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Bachelor Degree: University of North Texas
UIL State solo and ensemble
Collin College Jazz Lab Band
Collin College Jazz Combo
UNT Music Minor
Electric and upright bassist active in the DFW Metroplex for the last 5 years. I am currently a student at the University of North Texas where I am minoring in music. I am fluent in almost any style of music, and have experience in everything from rock and country, to free jazz, avant garde music, and film scoring. Additionally, I am proficient on piano, have a solid foundation in music theory, and a developed understanding of the nuances of playing in different types of ensembles. Though most of my experience has been as a freelance bassist, I have experience teaching children and adults and I am excited to continue to develop my skills as well as develop the skills of others in beginning to teach more frequently!
Performed and/or recorded almost any style of music ranging from Jazz with the Collin College big band, top combo, and University of North Texas forum ensembles, to Country with artists such as Kevin Deal and Jake Ward. Additionally, I have played bass at a number of churches around the DFW Metroplex some of which include Southlake Baptist, Creekwood United Methodist, Crossroads Bible Church, and First United Methodist McKinney. I have also been a member of several local level Denton indie rock and pop bands, and have experience in an orchestra at the high school level in which I qualified for UIL State solo and ensemble in 2013. I am proficient on electric and upright bass, both of which I have performed or recorded on a professional level. In addition to my performance experience I have had experience teaching children and adults from a beginner to intermediate level.
My teaching philosophy emphasizes and promotes that the student has fun and develops a love for music and the instrument that they play. The way that I do this is by placing an emphasis on music the student enjoys, and by giving the student a fair amount of autonomy in choosing their repertoire they would like to learn. By matching teaching concepts with songs that the student has chosen, I have found that the concept becomes better ingrained in the student and they enjoy practicing more. All of this being said, I do not rule out different learning styles or teaching methods depending on the student, Books, videos, and other resources can be incredibly useful but I prefer not to rely on them completely. Finally, I place a great deal of emphasis on developing the student's ability to play music with other people.
My teaching style aims to facilitate the students self-discovery of their own musical voice. The lesson plans and repertoire provide the tools to learn the concepts, time in lessons is aimed to develop technique and showing the student how to practice the concept in progress. My level of oversight as far as repertoire and the concepts the student is learning, is dependent on the level of the student as well as their learning style. Beginning students will need more oversight and the importance of disciplined daily practice can not be overlooked. As the student progresses, disciplined daily practice should still be maintained, but the student will have more options as far as things to work on, new repertoire, listening HW, etc.
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