BM, Ohio Wesleyan University, Music education Currently pursuing MM Trumpet Performance at Temple University
2006 - Music Merit Scholarships to Ohio Wesleyan University
2010 - Sterling Achievement Award for Mu Phi Epsilon
2009 - Soloist with Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra
2012 - Awarded full scholarship to Rafael Mendez Brass Institute
I enjoy teaching private lessons and helping students discover their niche and their full potential. I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree (magna cum laude). I've performed as lead/solo trumpet with the Blue Lake International Jazz Orchestra on their month-long tour of Europe in 2010. I have performed with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and many smaller ensembles. I'm currently pursuing my Master of Music in trumpet performance at Temple University and am studying with David Bilger, principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I have taught students ranging in age from 5-50 and I believe that it's never too late to start music lessons. I feel that I've gained a great deal or personal and professional insight through the experiences I've had in private lessons and I enjoy sharing that with students.
To me, every student is different. What works for one won't necessarily work for another so each student will get a very individual experience. Also, my instruction will be further tailed depending on the students goals. Some of my students have wanted to become college music majors and others simply wanted to learn the instruments recreationally. Basically, my teaching will be tailored to that particular student and their particular goals.
I'm a big believer in setting small but achievable goals. I also believe that achieving technical mastery of an instrument is a simple process of building habits. Some students may want to be pushed hard and challenged at every turn. Other students may not respond so well to such an approach so a different pace and style is required. It all depends on the student but in general I think a friendly smile and warm demeanor create a comfortable environment for the student to ask questions and perform their best each time I see them.