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BM, University of Texas at Austin, Jazz Composition/Saxophone Performance BS, University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering
2010 - Grammy Award Nomination for "Cookin'"
2009 - Grammy Award Nomination for "All That Jazz"
2009 - Latin Grammy Award Nomination for "All That Jazz"
I am a three-time Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher. I am proficient on saxophone, clarinet, flute, upright bass, electric bass, and piano. In 2006, I graduated with a degree in Jazz Composition with an emphasis in Saxophone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. For some time in the mid-2000's, my wife and I had our own big band in Central Texas that played our original compositions exclusively. In 2015, our music was the centerpiece of a Hollywood screenplay with directorial consideration by Clint Eastwood and others.
Honestly, there are very few things in life that get me as excited as when I get the opportunity to share my knowledge with someone else. I've taught private music lessons since I was 11 -- over 20 years ago -- and I wake up every day wanting to do more teaching! I'm patient, I connect well with people of all walks of life, and as a father of three, I absolutely love kids. I teach everything from beginning piano, saxophone, and bass students through university level musicians seeking more advanced composition, improvisation, and theory knowledge.
For beginning students, I emphasize fundamentals, including technique, sound quality, and reading. With children, I like to start with method books such as Essential Elements or the John Thompson series for piano. For more advanced pupils, I will start with what they are currently working on, find areas for improvement, and then adjust the curriculum accordingly. However, no matter what the students interests or skill level are, I try and keep the lessons light, fun, and interesting!
It is my philosphopy that all people have the capacity to learn -- although not everyone learns at the same rate or in the same way. I believe in student-centric teaching meaning I try to find out what the student's goals are and then modify my curriculum to their unique learning style. No two lessons are the same!
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