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Bachelor Degree: The Juilliard School, Graduate Degree: The Juilliard School
2014- The Juilliard School Merit Scholarship
2014- Selected to Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
2017- Selected to Wynton Marsalis' "Future of Jazz" Orchestra
2018- Juilliard School Morse Teaching Fellowship
2017- BANFF Jazz and Creative Music Workshop Participant
Hello! My name is Noah and I am a passionate trumpet player who loves helping students develop musicianship and discover the joys of music. I graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies in 2018, and then received a Masters of Music from Juilliard in 2019. I have been fortunate to play all around the world, from Melbourne, Australia to Bern, Switzerland at some prestigious jazz festivals. I also perform around NYC at venues such as Dizzy's Club, The Django, Smalls Jazz Club, and more.
I began teaching trumpet lessons while I was in high school. I kept a small studio through college, and currently have several students. I also have taught workshops and masterclasses around the country. In 2018, I taught a beginning music class through the Morse Fellowship program at Juilliard. I have found in my time teaching that everyone learns differently. Each student deserves personalized attention because every one has differences in what concepts come naturally, what is difficult to grasp, and how ideas are best understood. I really try to make each student recognize and embrace his/her uniqueness, as this goes a long way towards developing confidence in playing. I believe that music should be a way to express and communicate our thoughts and emotions, and a try to make this an important part of my lessons, no matter what age or skill level. Music making and understanding music can be fun and fulfilling at any point in the journey!
I have two main philosophies I base my teaching method on, regardless of age, skill level, or genre. 1) Fundamentals are extremely important, and 2) Music is an aural experience. To expand on my first point; a tree is only as strong as its roots. If a player has a strong understanding of the building blocks of music, the sky is the limit. I begin every lesson going over these fundamentals in some way. To expand on my second point; I believe development of aural skills is SO important in music, because music is organized sound! This means that part of my lessons are doing ear training (learning songs of any genre by ear, practicing intervals, learning about music theory/rhythms) so that our musicianship is well rounded. My lessons are tailored to individual students based around these ideas.
Some of my favorite and most rewarding feelings in life have been when students have an "aha!" moment. These moments come after consistent engagement with a concept. Thats why I encourage daily practice (of any length, as long as its daily.) I balance grunt work with fun work, making sure that students are learning music THEY want to learn. My lessons usually begin with a short warm up, followed by a review of the goals set last week, followed by the introduction development of a new concept(or two), and concluding with a setting of goals for the next lesson, with the answering of questions all in between. I work with each student individually to create these goals so that they feel like they are getting what they want out of studying, and that they are inspired to develop their musicianship all on their own!
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