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BM, University of Hartford, Jazz Studies
2015 - Ravinia Steins Institute Music Fellow
I am a professional trombonist who works consistently in the New York City region and through out the East Coast. I specialize in Latin and jazz music but also have a background in classical technique. I also have experience playing piano I am a graduate of the Jackie McLean Institute at The Hartt School of music where I received a Bachelor of Music degree. When I am not performing I can be found teaching music theory at a community music school. In addition to performing and teaching enjoy music production and recording.
I have been teaching music since I was a college student and now have nearly 10 years of experience. I first began teaching music at the Artist's Collective in Hartford, CT with their youth jazz orchestra. After that I held position as a brass teaching artists in an after school program sponsored by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. More recently I have taught music in public and charter schools in The Bronx and also in Westchester. I like to encourage students to learn music that they enjoy listening to in order to keep them motivated and progressing while incorporating technique and fundamentals.
For beginning trombone students I like to focus on the development of tone and flexibility. I typically teach out of the Rubank's Method books but students are always welcome to bring any other books or sheet music they enjoy. Once a solid tone is developed melodies and etudes are introduced. For intermediate or advanced students i emphasize proficiency in all keys and scales. For students that are interested in improvisation, I will demonstrate various scales, patterns, and tunes while reinforcing these concepts with music theory. For soloist, classical or jazz, I can provide piano accompaniment for our lessons.
My goal is to always make sure students are enjoying music. After all, music is about having fun and making our audience fell good. When we study and practice, we need to take it seriously but when it is time to perform it's important to remember to let loose and have fun. Each lesson I will assign material that is meant to be taken home and prepared for the next lesson. Yes sometimes learning an instrument can be challenging but it can also be very rewarding. This is what i like my students to understand when they study with me. Hard work pays off!
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