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Graduate Degree: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Graduate Degree: Baylor University, Bachelor Degree: Messiah University
2019 - 3rd Place, National Trumpet Competition
2017-2018 - Finalist, Keith Lance Kuhlman Competition
8-time National Trumpet Competition semi-finalist
I'm a passionate musician who likes sharing his love of music with others. I'm currently completing coursework for my Doctorate in Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I've been fortunate to perform both as a soloist and orchestral musician in Aruba and Italy, in addition to the diverse performing I've enjoyed stateside. Comfortable in a multitude of genres, I am equally at home in the classical realms of orchestral, wind-band and chamber music repertoire, in addition to jazz, marching band and commercial music.
I have been teaching privately since 2014, and have taught students with a wide variety of ages and abilities. Watching my students succeed brings me a great sense of satisfaction knowing that they are becoming more confident in their skills. Students of mine have gone on to compete at the District, Area, Region and State level, in addition to gaining admittance to collegiate music degree programs. As any good teacher should, I encourage regular systematic practice, while also being mindful of a student's life outside music. I try to instill a sense of balance in my students, which prepares and grounds them for life's challenges. Likewise, I take a balanced approach to my music instruction, making sure that students are introduced to a wide variety of genres, techniques, practice habits, and ideas so that we can create a plan which best suits each individual.
Instilling a fundamental mastery of the instrument and musicianship is my top priority, no matter how long it may take. My approach to methods will vary depending on the student. For beginners, I like using the Robert Getchell books, in addition to the My First Arban, Essential Elements, and my own exercises. Intermediate/Advanced students will likely work from the Clarke, Arban, Vizzutti, Bai Lin, Belck, Rudd and Gekker books, in addition to other resources. I also let the student's interest direct repertoire selection to some extent, although I will guide their selections to ensure they work nicely with the other lesson material. I am a proponent of tag-team playing and practicing, which can work well for students in school band-programs.
It's my goal to meet a student where they are, and maintain a big-picture mentality. I like to know what other interests they have so that I can draw parallels between those and music. While I am demanding of my students, I set high standards only because I am confident in a student's abilities. Watching potential become reality is rewarding for both student and teacher, and that happens more quickly with high levels of accountability. I encourage students to put themselves out there through competitions, recitals, and other performance opportunities, and in-turn I do my best to curate these opportunities for my students. Although students are encouraged to compete and perform, I hope to instill in them a sense of self-betterment...to be better than they were the day before, and refrain from comparing themselves to others.
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