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University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX, 2016 – 2018: M.M. in Trumpet Performance
James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA, 2011 – 2015: B.M. in Trumpet Performance
Fellowship Student – Aspen Music Festival: Aspen, CO, 2018
Accepted to 2018 American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen with Red River Brass
Butler Excellence Scholarship: University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music, Austin, TX, 2016 – 2018
First/Second place winner – North American Brass Band Association: Adult High Brass Technical Solo Competition, Ft. Wayne, IN, 2015 and 2016
I am a freelance trumpet player in the central Texas area and I have maintained a studio of over 30 students with students of all ages and ability levels since 2016 when I started my master's degree at The University of Texas at Austin. I have had the pleasure of performing around the United States and in Europe with various types of ensembles including symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and brass bands. Most recently, I have performed with the New World Symphony, Austin Opera, and at the Victoria Bach Festival.
I first started teaching private lessons on a routine basis starting in 2016 while I was in school. Having finished my degree, I currently teach full time with a studio of over 30 students in grades 5 through 12. I have learned an incredible amount from teaching students how to play the trumpet, I tell many of my students that I have learned just as much from them as they have from me. I still take private lessons from teachers around the central Texas area and beyond when I can work it into my schedule so that I can keep learning and passing on whatever I learn to my students.
I always tailor to the needs of each and every individual student. Every student learns in a different way and I try to capitalize on that what I feel like is best for the student while working with them. Regardless of the age level of the student, I always start on the mouthpiece. I am a strong believer that the mouthpiece is the instrument and the trumpet is an amplifier of what a student does on the mouthpiece. I am an avid believer of working on some fundamental aspect of a student's playing before we get into any piece of music. The stronger a player's fundamentals are, the better they can achieve their musical voice.
With consistent practice on both fundamentals and repertoire, I believe that anybody can learn how to play an instrument.
Learning an instrument is like building your dream house. You start start by building a strong foundation through fundamentals and then by working over a period of time, your dream house will start to become a reality. My goal as a teacher is to help each of my students understand what they need to do to practice on their own in order to see improvement over time. The most improvement comes, in my opinion, through correct and consistent repetitions. Once a student masters a certain set of skills through correct and consistent repetitions, then performing for others will feel about the same as playing on their own.
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