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BA, McGill University, Jazz Performance AS, SUNY Ulster, Music
2014- Invited to perform at Montreal International Jazz Festival, Opened for Garmmy Award winning artist Diane Reeves
2014- Advanced to the final round of the Jazz en Rafale New Talent Contest, opened for the Shai Maetro Trio
I'm a passionate performer and instructor. Recently moved to Brooklyn from Montreal, where I completed my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Jazz Performance. I have performed throughtout NY, Boston, Montreal, Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick. In Montreal I had the opportunity to study and attend master classes with some of today's greatest jazz musicians. Over the last three years I have been working hard to establish myself as a solid performer and studio musician. I was lucky enough to share the stage with legendary Grammy Award winning artist Diane Reeves this past summer at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
I began teaching lessons over five years ago. I never pictured myself being an educator, but I was surprised how fulfilling it was. I encourage hard work and consistent practice, but try to craft my excercizes to that the student will be fully interested and engaged. It is truly rewarding to watch a student grow and develop as result of our work together. I try to adapt each students' lessons to fir their interests. This keeps the student motivated to learn and work on the material at hand.
For beginning students, I emphasize a strong understanding of fundamentals. From there we can move on to more complex concepts, techniques, and excersizes. I try to get the students listening to music and eventually, they come to me with what they would like to learn about. The student becomes the boss, will progress and develop at his or her own pace.
I have a youthful and oopen minded approach to teaching. It is most important to me that the student is enthusiastic and hard working. If these two traits are accounted for, the results will come inevitably. I always make a point to acknowledge accomplishments and inspire the student to stay focused and determined to improve.
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