Bachelor of Music- Manhattan School of Music
Master of Music - NYU
Master of Music Montclair State University
I have been teaching woodwinds for over 40 years, in my private studio in my home. I teach all levels of flute, clarinet, and saxophone. I specialize in personalized lessons, gearing the lessons to the needs and aspirations of the student. I have degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Montclair State University, and New York University. The second and third are Masters Degrees. I have performed in many orchestras and bands in New Jersey and New York, and well as having given many solo performances.
I have taught at all levels, from pre-school through college. I have taught these levels privately, and in group environments, My college teaching experiences include Seton Hall, Bergen Community College, an Fairleigh Dickenson University, My public school teaching included Paterson, and also several Catholic schools, including St. Andrew's in Clifton, St. Anne's in Fair Lawn, and St. Thomas in Midland Park. I played in the The North Jersey Orchestra, The Bergen Syphony, and the Adelphi Orchestra.
I use standard method books, along with personal sheets of exercises I have developed through the years. I publish my own solo books with accompaniments, which I also use. These books are primarily classical pieces, but I also use digital accompaniments for jazz and popular music. Theory and ear training are also part of my lessons. My lesson books include Rubank books for beginning students, and Rose, Andersen, and Bassi studies for more advanced students. I encourage all students to become involved in all types of music, instead of being limited to one type of music.
I have enjoyed teaching since High School, when I traveled to teach students by bus. Later I traveled by car to homes to teach, but have only taught in my studio for over 20 years. I find that the lessons are better where I have all of my wealth of music. I try to relate to each student personally, so they feel comfortable, and enjoy their lessons. Some students will respond to certain methods, while others need to be taught differently. My methods are not rigid, and I am always seeking new methods to use.