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Bachelor Degree: Wesleyan University
2012 - Wesleyan University Honors for Music Thesis
Hello! My name is Nate, and I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator who above all else loves sharing my passion for music and experience with students. I'm a graduate of the Wesleyan University with a degree in music. During my years at college and since my graduation, I have toured internationally as a drummer and bassist with a variety of musical groups while also establishing myself as a composer and producer, writing and recording for over 20 albums. My work and musical groups have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Okayplayer, Afropunk, and many more. Throughout this time, I have also worked as an educator at a number of public and private schools, as well as music schools, in a variety of capacities: as a general music teacher, a choral director, a private drum, bass, guitar, and vocal instructor, a songwriting and production teacher, and more.
Teaching and playing music have always been closely linked for me throughout my career. I began performing professionally at thirteen, and two years later began giving private lessons, constantly incorporating new techniques and lessons I was learning from my gigs into my teaching curriculum. This early start in both areas has provided a wonderful foundation for my teaching and performing careers, both of which have continued for more than a decade and a half. During that time, I've had the joy of working with students of all ages as a drum instructor at Northfield Mount Hermon, a music teacher at Greens Farms Academy, a general music and chorus teacher at Amherst Middle School, a summer music instructor at Deerfield Academy, and with continued private lessons. I've also recorded drums on over 20 albums and played hundreds of shows with a diverse group of artists across the country. I'm always excited to work with new students of any age, and to bring both my teaching and professional performance experience into our lessons to help these students grow and accomplish their own musical goals.
In my lessons, my highest priority is meeting students at their level and making sure that our work is helping them to progress towards theirs goals as a musician/instrumentalist. With a combination of focus on musicality, technique, and developing a musical vocabulary, students will both improve their fundamental skills on their instrument, while also expanding their more general musical understanding, all within a safe, supportive, fun, and encouraging learning environment. We always do a substantial amount of listening in our lessons as well. I look forward to working with you!
With students of any age, I consider it my number one priority to create a learning environment that is both encouraging of their growth and passion for music, and supportive/safe for them to take the risks and meet the challenges necessary for that growth. I always work to maintain a dialogue with students about their interests and ensuring that our work includes and stimulates those interests, while also finding ways to make our work on fundamental techniques and building blocks as engaging and fun as possible.
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