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Master of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, clarinet performance Bachelor of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, clarinet performance, summa cum laude
2010 - Mason Gross School of the Arts Excellence in Woodwind Performance Award
2009 - Winner, Rutgers Concerto Competition, Solo performance with Rutgers Symphony Orchestra
2007 - Grand Prize Winner, NJ Arts Collective Composition Contest
2006-2007 - Member of NY Youth Symphony, performances at Carnegie Hall
2004 - Winner, Westminster Conservatory Concerto Competition
I've been a professional music educator for over 10 years, teaching students from elementary school to those in retirement. I love music and I love sharing it with others through performing and teaching. Watching my students' musical worlds expand is what I love best about this profession. I've played in just about every type of musical situation from orchestra, band, chamber music, and solo classical recitals to jazz bands, singer/songwriter, musical theater, world music, and avant-garde settings.
I've been teaching students young and old for over 10 years how to improve on their instrument or in their field and achieve their goals. To me the most exciting thing about teaching one-on-one lessons is the ability to individualize each lesson to the particular students' needs, abilities and desires. I want my students to get out of their lessons what they want to get out of them, so I love working with students who have a good idea of what they are aiming for and are willing to work hard to get there. You can do it!
There are lots of great teaching tools and methods available, and once I have an understanding of a student's current ability level and what they want to work on, I can make recommendations. For wind players, Essential Elements provides a good way to get started on an instrument. I look for ways to incorporate different styles of music from classical to jazz to pop music in addition to the important fundamentals you will learn from a method book. As always, I try to customize lessons as much as I can to suit each student's situation.
One of the best parts of teaching is seeing a student accomplish something they previously thought they couldn't do. I'm here to tell you that you can do it! Whether you want to learn to play some tough classical pieces or some of your favorite songs on your instrument, or just develop a deeper understanding of music as a whole, I can help get you there. As a teacher, I think it's important to take a broad view of the impact on music education on students of all ages. I think everyone can learn something from music lessons and have a great time doing so!
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