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2016 - Manhattan School of Music Full Tuition Scholarship
2016 - Member of the Grammy Big Band
2016 - Member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Gen Jazz Orchestra
2017 - YoungArts Jazz Finalist
2019/2020 - International Trombone Association Carl Fontana Jazz Solo Competition Finalist
I'm a trombonist, pianist, and composer that loves to teach as much as I love to play! I'm originally from Chicago, IL and started playing the piano at age 8 and trombone at 11. When I was young, the music that really drew me in the most was jazz and in 2016 I moved to New York City to study jazz trombone at the Manhattan School of Music. I've been living here ever since and had the opportunity to play music of multiple different genres with world class musicians at some amazing venues. I have been fortunate enough to perform in Chicago, New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and I had the opportunity to tour Japan with a big band a few years back. Music is my passion, but I also enjoy cycling, running, video games, and cooking!
I've been teaching privately since I was in high school when I taught beginner trombone and euphonium to middle school and junior high students. I love teaching because it is absolutely incredible watching a beginner blossom into a passionate and talented musician and being there every step of the way to watch their growth. Music is supposed to be fun, so I try to make the lesson experience as enjoyable for the student as possible all while still providing them with a solid education. In addition to instrument fundamentals and technique I am always happy to explore improvisation and/or composition with my students.
For beginner students, I will usually start with the basic fundamentals of playing the instrument. This would include tone production, articulation, flexibility, scales, arpeggios, and sight reading. Once the student has become more fluent in the technique of their instrument I will start to ask them what they want to work on and improve upon. One method I truly believe in is playing duets with the student. The best way to improve at anything is to practice with someone who has more experience. Duets can help a students intonation and phrasing immensely by working on their listening muscle!
Every student is different so I never take a cookie cutter approach in my lessons. I will address every issue or question each individual student has. I like to figure out what inspires my students and use that to cater their lesson to them. If one of my students really like movie theme music we will learn those songs. If one of my students doesn't like playing classical music we will work on jazz, funk, and rock! I always say that playing music is supposed to be fun and if you're not having fun there is something wrong! In my experience, the students that enjoy playing their instrument the most will improve greater and quicker than others.
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