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CERT, Hollywood Music Workshop, Orchestration and Film Music BM, Berklee College of Music, Jazz Composition and Saxophone performance
2015 - Performed with Alex Acuna, Nestor Torres, Ramon Stagnaro, Oscar Stagnaro and Otmaro Ruiz at the Great National Theatre in Lima, Peru
2014 - Commissioned Composer to write the openning waltz for the Vienna University of Technology's 200 anniversary ball
2012 - Thelonious Monk Scholarship Award
2011 - Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Award
2010 - Performed with Arturo Sandoval at the Berklee Performance Center
2009 - Berklee College of Music Merit Scolarship
I am a professional saxophonist, composer and instructor who loves to share my knowledge with my students. In 2009, I graduated Berklee College of Music with honors with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition, Saxophone performance and Orchestral Conducting. I have had the chance to perform in different parts of the world with some of the greatest Jazz and Latin Jazz musicians in the scene such as Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuna, Ramon Stagnaro, Hector Martignon, Roberto Quintero, among many others. In 2013, I started a workshop series in my hometown Peru, where I do clinics twice every year, and since then I've been devoted to music education.
I started teaching in 2011 back home in Peru, where I had the chance to share the knowledge I adquire at Berklee with students that didn't have the same opportunity as me. Later on, in 2013, I started a workshop series where I had the opportunity to develop my teaching skills privately, and with big groups. I have developed my own methods of teaching Jazz Harmony, Improvisation, saxophone sound and technique, piano for beguinners, etc. I always try to teach the student how to improvise, because I think that improvisation is the heart of music, is where you can learn how to express yourself instantly. I encourage a continuity in the practice, it doesn't have to be 3 hours a day, it could even de 20 minutes a day, as long as you develop a discipline for it. I also use my own material that will fit the level and skills of my current student, in addition to exisitng repertoire.
For all my saxophone students, I always start my lessons talking about sound and working on techniques of how to develop it and how to breath properly.The basics are always the foundation of everything else so even if you are an advanced student, you might be having some bad habbits in your instrument, so I always work on sound. I also work in articulation and how to sound as rhythmically perfect as possible. For more advanced students, we work on repertoire and how to apply harmonic theory into their instruments. I also like to spend some time during the lesson to play with the student and connect musically with them in order to make them feel confortable with what they are doing and to make them have some fun with the concepts that we are working on.
Listening is the most important thing. If you don't know how your instrument sounds and how the great masters sounded when playing it, you will never develop a sound. So I highly encourage all my students to constantly listen to music and understand a little bit of the history and legacy behind their instrument. This way, they will understand where they are coming from, and where to go
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