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Bachelor of Arts, Bennington College, Musical Composition - Doctorate of Musical Arts, UC Santa Cruz, Musical Composition
2012 - "Unwinding Time" (original composition) performed at Stanford College's prestigious "Performance Presents" series - 2013 - Recipient of Chancellor’s Graduate Internship at UC Santa Cruz to develop and teach original course entitled "Sound, Listening, and Consciousness" - 2013 - Speaker at 1st Deep Listening Art/Science conference; talk given on educational methods/work entitled "Embodied Experiential Metaphors" - 2014 - UC Santa Cruz Porter College Associate Fellow - 2014 - Featured workshop leader at 2nd Deep Listening Art/Science conference; workshop entitled "Fresh Ears" presented. Workshop brought together professional work with cognition, listening, sound, and educational methods
I have a lifelong love of music that has taken many forms. I have had concert hall performances around the country of pieces that ranged from traditional classical, to the experimental and the avante-garde. I have created gallery installations that transformed sound as participants moved about the space, as well as other digital/performative experiments that pushed the leading edge of art. I have performed original pop and rock music, organized public musical events, and throughout it all my passion for music and sound has continued to deepen.
My teaching experience dates back to high school, when I tutored fellow students in Mathematics. I went on to teach music at UC Santa Cruz as a member of the music department, including teaching an original course I developed entitled "Sound, Listening, and Consciousness". My dissertation research included inquiries into cognition, learning, as well as educational methods and the ways that humans learn. I have given talks about this work, and consider myself to be an educational professional, as well as a pedagogue. I have since taught students privately in multiple venues.
For beginner's in piano and guitar, I generally use the Alfred's and Mel Bay methods as starting places. In every situation, I tailor and personalize the curriculum to individual student needs; as students progress, I employ more and more personalized curriculum which reflects the research I have done into cognition and learning, and which maximizes the creative learning of the student. For more advanced students, I will challenge them in targeted domains, with customized exercises that focus upon their musical growth, with an emphasis on realizing their maximum potential.
My teaching style is one of deep listening to the student in their musical process, and from this creating the conditions for them to expand into new dimensions of musicality. I am an expert in creative process, and love working with students especially on songwriting, composition, electronic music production, and other such creative domains. In addition, my professional work is focused on a leading edge of musical education that is just emerging and beginning to be understood: developing the listening faculty as a pathway to musical excellence; for as the perceptual foci is polished, so does the sensori-motor engagement discover new possibilities. If you wish to be on this leading edge, I can include this element in our personalized curriculum, at your request.
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