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2018/2020 - N&T Anderson Scholarship.
2015/2017 - Fort Lewis College Music Scholaship.
2019/2020 - Comanche Nation Scholarship.
Originally from Dallas, TX, I was always interested in music but never thought of it as more than a hobby. I was a solo performer playing shows around the Dallas/Fort Worth area and in a popular Salsa band for years before I finally decided to get back into school and see where this musical journey would take me. In 2017, I graduated with honors from Fort Lewis College and finally in 2020 I received my Masters degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Colorado-Boulder. Being able to perform with one of the best Jazz programs in the country is something that I will never forget. It motivated me to try and get better everyday but the most important thing was learning how to enjoy the moment and have fun.
My teaching experiences have come from my time spent playing in a variety of ensembles in the different colleges that I attended. I was often asked to lead groups in rehearsal and this was where my teaching experiences first began. It started with my colleges Big Band and then with a Saxophone Quartet. Being able to lead a group of musicians and helping them get better everyday was the most fulfilling feeling I got during my time in school and pushed me to try my hand at teaching younger students. My main goal is to hopefully motivate and cultivate a bond between the student and their instrument but most important to have fun while doing it.
For my beginner saxophone students we will start by assembling the instrument and using the Hal Leonard's Essential Elements to learn the basic fingerings and songs. As for my beginner piano students we will start off with the Faber Piano Adventures book and work our way through the lessons. Once the student becomes more comfortable with their instruments we will start introducing appropriate solo repertoire and find songs that the individual student would enjoy learning. I want to try and make the entire lesson enjoyable while also working on the fundamentals to help them become a better musician. I encourage my students to find artists or songs that they like so we can talk about what exactly they are hearing and maybe even try to play the music by ear.
In our lessons we will focus on the fundamentals, then the music, and having a little fun at the end. Progress might be slow or we might be able to jump to more advanced music in the first month of meeting but I understand that every student is different and will progress at their own pace and I will do my best to help guide them. We will set goals every week and depending on if we can meet them consistently, will determine how we proceed in our lessons. My main goal is for the entire process to be fun and encouraging them to keep practicing.
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