MEd, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Texas, Austin
BMus, University of Pretoria, South Africa
2010-2012, Trumpet. Jazz quintet as part of the Mozambique Real Jazz Project focusing on jazz compositions and styles of the mid-1960s. Performed for the President of Mozambique as well as recording for Mozambique's STV Music Box Live progam.
2007-2008, Trumpet. Lokota Jazz Band. South African township jazz band reviving South African jazz standards.
2008, Sound painter. Composed and conducted typewriters for the dramatic play, (In)Flux presented at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa.
2007, Sound painter. Conducted ensemble under the direction of Dr. Marc Duby as part of a Master Class for the New Music Indaba conference, Pretoria, South Africa.
2006, Trumpet. Performed in an ensemble under the direction of Dr. Marc Duby as part of the New Music Indaba conference, Durban, South Africa.
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves sharing my love of jazz with students. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, Jazz. I have performed in South Africa and Mozambique from 2005-2012 with jazz performance ranging from small venues to larger venues with Heads of State. I've had the opportunity to play for the President of Mozambique as well as create cross-cultural workshops with local African artists.
I've been teaching jazz to students since 2010 and have had the opportunity to create workshops focusing on jazz history, improvisation and sound painting. I like to work with new students to build a foundation for trumpet playing and developing a solid tone and embouchure. I like to use a combination of technique studies as well as improvisation skills which I feel builds an appreciation for the art of jazz music. I enjoy working with students of all ages.
For beginning students who are children, I like to start with Hal Leanard's Rubank Elementary Method Cornet/Trumpet. If a student has a grasp of the fundamentals, I work with the basic blues and scales to build a repetoire. For Adults, I like to work with jazz standards as well as H.L. Clarke's Technical Studies for Cornet and Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet. I like to make my lessons fun and engaging.
I get a thrill when I can see one of my student's develop a passion for music. It is fulfilling to see them understand the fundamentals of jazz and to know where the music comes from. I like to give a brief history of the style and song to develop an emotional connection with the music being played. This allows the student to put feeling into the song rather than playing notes on a page. It also develops memorization skills because it is about the understanding of the composer's emotion and reason for writing the song which, I feel, contributes to remembering the tune.