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2017- Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Towson University
2020- Master of Music in Jazz Studies from University of Hartford
I'm a music lover who has been studying music since I was in Middle School. It was around then that I both started taking private lessons and discovered my first John Coltrane Album. Starting the I began my my journey of listening to more and more jazz while studying classical music privately. In school I took part on any band I could concert band, jazz band, band and marching band, as well as extra ones like the Baltimore Youth Symphony and the Hood College Concert band. In college I began my studying of Jazz and had my first gigs in styles ranging from Jazz, avante garde, funk, and reggae. Now that I have completed my masters degree while studying with world renknowned trombonist Steve Davis I am looking to share my knowledge I have gained both in the class room and on stage.
My teaching experience began with an in depth class in my undergrad about music pedagogy. This class got my wheels turning about how I would communicate to students in a way they would understand. From there I have had several students, not including when I teach my non music friends how to do simple music tasks, who I instructed privately and enjoyed immensely finding what excites and motivates different people. My most recent student made it into the Connecticut All State Jazz and progressed rapidly with my instruction.
I find music has two important aspects to emphasize, reading and understanding music theory on sight, and hearing and interpreting music. For reading and music theory at it's most basic level I use books like Arban's method. This book contains scales and patterns that are easy to digest for someone learning to read music while also building up the intricate brass technique needed for all brass instruments. For hearing and interpreting I use simple excercises to start like having a student play back a simple line I play to them or have them identify what kind of scale it chord I just played. This combined with the theoretical knowledge mentioned before accumulates into a students ability to hear and break down any music allowing them to freely improvise or simply transcribe whatever music they wish.
I approach teaching on a student to student basis. Every student has different goals and interests within music and it's important to tailor you lessons accordingly. I go in fresh to any first time lesson and build a plan from there. One student may need to sit down and studying theory and get better grasp of the building blocks of music, another may simply need to play long tones for an hour. Musicians, and especially brass players, have a large amount of challenges to address. To this end I balance having students address all their musical needs without putting them in a situation that is beyond their level.
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