MM, University of Miami, Jazz Saxophone Performance BA, Whitworth University, Jazz Performance, Composition
2017 - Downbeat Award, Frost Salsa Orchestra 2015 - Anna Carrel Outstanding Whitworth Senior Award 2015 - Frost Graduate Music Scholarship 2013 - Elmhurst Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist 2013 - Musicfest Northwest Merit Certificate, Whitworth Saxophone Quartet
I am a diligent and hard-working musician and educator looking to use my skills to serve others. Growing up in North Idaho, I received much recognition as an outstanding musician in my high school. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from Whitworth University, where I received awards recognizing my abilities as a performer, composer, student, and overall musician. I also received a Master in Music from University of Miami. I am currently active as a freelance musician and educator.
I have been teaching in a variety of contexts since my time at Whitworth University, where I started as a Teacher's Assistant for several Music Theory and Ear Training courses. There, I developed skills for leading group study sessions as well as doing individual tutoring. I also developed rehearsal technique while coordinating and rehearsing various chamber ensemble groups for the purpose of performing my original compositions. While at the University of Miami, I received an opportunity to lecture for an Introductory Jazz Improvisation class for middle school and high school age students. Since then, I have had several more opportunities as an educator to lead rehearsals for various jazz groups with ages ranging from middle school to college.
I will start by working with them on whatever materials they have available, whether pieces from band class, solo literature, or any other material they currently have access to. After coming to an understanding of a student's skill level, I will have them begin working on appropriate material from my own collection. For beginners, this may be Essential Elements. For more intermediate or advanced players, this may be Rubank studies or appropriate solo literature. In jazz, I will introduce them to appropriate jazz standards as well as Greg Fishman studies.
My primary goal as a teacher is to help students make practical steps toward better playing by identifying areas of difficulty and working with the student to establish reasonable goals. In learning music, improvement comes through setting clear goals and performing consistent exercises that address areas of weakness. My desire is to work with students to identify those areas of weakness and help them find applicable exercises. When I work with students in any capacity, I seek to diagnose misunderstandings and lead them to understanding through leading questions. I will pose questions about information they already know and understand and invite them to apply that knowledge to areas they currently struggle with.