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B.M., William Paterson University, Jazz Studies
I began playing drums at a very early age and performing in my early teens. Throughout my teens I played in various jazz ensembles including the Empire State Youth Orchestra and began my studies at William Paterson in 2012 under the direction of Mulgrew Miller. At William Paterson I gained access to many incredible professional musicians and various performance opportunities in the North Jersey/NYC area. Since moving to North Jersey I've played at various venues such as Shanghai Jazz, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Joe's Pub and the Harlem Tavern. I maintain a very active teaching and performance schedule between North Jersey and Upstate New York and am eager to help new students reach their goals!
I've been teaching private lessons since 2010, as well as teaching in studios and doing workshops for children. I encourage my students to work toward their goals and always practice! As a practicing musician you are in control of your own destiny! A major reason I became a musician was to be able to create and in order to create you must have the tools to do so. Taking private lesson will help you gain those tools and give you more motivation to keep going! I believe in giving back to the music through helping students achieve their goals.
I believe in tailoring my lesson plans to individual students. I like to target a students musical goals and help them achieve them whether it be through method books or passing down techniques. I've been fortunate enough to have been around many incredible educators throughout the years and try to take the methods they've showed me and apply it to my own teaching style. For drum students I teach out of various books including Syncopation, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Stick Control and Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments. For my piano students the books I use range from John Thompson Piano books for beginners to various classical piano books from Hanon, Cherney and Bach. For jazz piano I teach out of the Mark Levine book.
As stated above I believe that everyone learns at a different pace and through different pathways. I enjoy exploring different ways of thinking in regards to the instrument and music. As a master musician once told me I'm not your teacher, I'm just an advanced student. Every teaching situation for me is also a learning situation. As long as a student is eager and willing to learn and practice I will put everything I have into making sure they complete their musical goals! Private lessons can be the most important piece in a musicians development.
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