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BA in Music Education from Brooklyn College. MA in Jazz Performance from New Jersey City Univesity.
Member of the Grammy Award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Currently Faculty at New Jersey City University.
I have been teaching for 10 years now and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with anyone interested in learning music. I graduated in 2011 with a BA in music education from Brooklyn College, and recently graduated with a MA in Jazz Performance in 2020 from New Jersey City University. I perform regularly in the New York City music scene, performing with such ensembles/musicians like the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Shag Horns, Eddie Palmieri, James Jabbo Ware, and Adam O'Farrill. I have played in such venues/festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival, Luminato Festival, the Apollo Theatre, and Birdland. I have a professional audio setup that I use to teach, and follow up all lessons with emails detailing everything we've worked on in our lesson.
I love everything about music but my true passion for it lies within teaching. Seeing a student get excited about learning is what I live for and is what I strive to bring into every teaching session I do. Music can be very technical and hard to understand which is why it's my top priority to make sure everything I teach is fun and easy to understand for everyone. I've been teaching one-on-one lessons for 10 years, for saxophone, flute, and clarinet, of all levels. I worked at the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute at the Jewish Community Center for 5 years teaching flute and Clarinet. I have worked as head teacher for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance for 3 years, teaching saxophone as well running the program at a particular school. in 2020 I joined the faculty at New Jersey City University, teaching saxophone as well as running a jazz combo.
My methods are based on what each student wishes to accomplish with these lessons. I have a wide variety of exercises/books/recordings that are guided to help the student reach their maximum potential. In particular, I specifically focus on sound, technique, reading, simulating performance scenarios, school auditions, recitals, and improvisation. I approach all these topics with care so that the student learns the most in a stress free environment. The goal is always to make sure the student gets the most out of our time together!
I'm all about bringing positive vibes into what I teach! I love music and I bring that love into everything I teach. My goal is to always make sure the student feels comfortable, feels heard, and feels prepared for anything I may throw at them. Music is a living experience and I believe as a teacher you need to bring that energy every time you teach. I make sure every student feels accomplished from everything I ask of them, I'm considerate in my instruction, and I make sure every assignment I give is feasible for the student's level. What I give to my students is the tools to be a musician in any music setting possible and succeed!
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