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MM, Seattle Film Institute, Film Scoring
BM, West Texas A&M University, Music Composition
BM, West Texas A&M University, Music Business
2017 - Best Score - Bleedingham Film Festival, Emiko (dir. Justin Robert Vinall)
2015 - Best Score - 48hr FF, Coping Mechanism (dir. Michael Hoy)
2014 - Best Score - 48hr FF, Flowers for Annie (dir. Jordan Reagan)
2009 - Best Musical Composition - West Texas A&M Royal L. Brantley Competition, for the piece Bicycle for computer playback (recording can be found on Soundcloud); also premiered at the University of Miami for the 2010 Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States’ conference
I'm a Seattle area musician who teaches part time all around the city of Seattle. One of my favorite parts of teaching is sharing my love of music. I've loved music and have worked in music for almost my whole life, so having an opportunity to spread that passion and knowledge is very fulfilling! I'm also a film and video game composer and often encourage students to write and create their own music. For me, this is one of the most amazing feelings and think everyone should experience it. My music has been heard and performed in numerous short films as well as in numerous concert halls across the US, including the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and the Greeley Jazz festival in Greeley, Colorado.
I began teaching when I started studying music in my undergrad. From there I expanded from a few saxophone lessons a week all the way to acting as a music sub from 5th grade orchestras to high school seniors. My main experience has been working with bands and drum lines, especially woodwinds and piano. Saxophone is my strongest instrument and I have been performing and teaching it for almost 20 years. I also work with students on music theory and composition and am quite passionate about those subjects! I love incorporating those subjects, especially with piano lessons.
For beginning piano students, I start with Alfred's Basic Piano books. I feel like these are very accessible and allow students to get a solid footing and foundation. From there I encourage more and more solo literature to really expand students' repertoire and encourage recital performances, even as beginners. Performing in front of audiences is a great experience for any level of musician!
For woodwinds, I incorporate basic beginning techniques and fundamentals as well as exploring etudes once the student is ready. Also, if a student is taking music in school, I like to work some with whatever they're music teacher programs.
I believe that everyone can, and in most cases should, learn music. I also believe in teaching to each student's specific goals, and try to stay away from any kind of 'one size fits all' education. Every student is different and has their own style of learning as well as their own love of music. For instance I would never force pop music on anyone interested in classical studies, and wouldn't ever force a classical style on anyone wanting to pursue more of a pop style. I strive to tailor my lessons to each student's individual goals and musical aspirations.
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