MM, Aaron Copland School of Music, Classical Performance BM, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Classical Performance
2012-Patrick Gilmore Band Award 2012-National Marching Band Award
I am a Bass Trombonist and Tuba player from South Orange, NJ. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BM in Music Performance in 2016, and then from the Aaron Copland School of Music with an MM in Performance. I love performing music as evidenced by performances with the New Jersey Youth Symphony at the Musikverin in Austria, and with the UMass Symphony Band and Wind Ensembles at the College Band Directors National Association conference. I also love teaching music, as evidences with my years teaching at the South Orange/Maplewood Adult School summer program and the New Jersey Youth Symphony summer camp.
I have been teaching music lessons since high school at the South Orange/Maplewood Adult School Summer Program back in 2009. I like to working with kids to encourage them to continue playing music and to build up a steady regimen of practice and self evaluation. I want to make learning music fun for my students and I want them to want to learn more and become better musicians. I also feel that music is an important subject to learn and that sophisticated lessons are necessary to a young musicians' growth.
I like to teach one on one with all age groups. I start beginners out on basic methods books to understand them instrument that they are holding and then slowly ease them into more challenging and sophisticated repertoire, including Rochut Etudes, Kopprasch Exercises, Blazhevich, and Blume. In a student's early development I like to introduce solo repertoire and gradually (throughout high school years) introduce a repertoire of Sonatas, Concerti, and excerpts to them. I am also glad to work on any music my students bring in that they are working on with school or other ensembles.
I teach one on one lessons. I go at my student's pace, if they don't understand a concept, I will help them. I will acknowledge their accomplishments and encourage them to keep going. I will do my best to inspire my students and want them to learn more and practice as much as they can. At the same time I will not go easy on my students, I expect them to practice and use the resources available to them. But their enjoyment of the art of music is still paramount, and I do not intend for learning music feel like doing homework.