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Berklee College Of Music
2005 -2007 - Opened for Maysa, The Yellow Jackets, Euge Groove, Hiroshima, The Sax Pack, & Ruben Studard with the Houston Summer Jazz Workshop.
2009 - Accepted into Berklee College Of Music on Scholarship
2010 - Performed with Berklee J Dilla Ensemble at Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
2013 - Openned for Les Nubians, & Zo with The Hue & Radio Galaxy at The House of Derion & Last Concert Cafe
2014 - Headlined The Houston Fresh Dark Festival with Oshun & Shafiq Husayn (Erykah Badu's Producer)
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2009. I was accepted into Berklee College of Music, where I had the opportunity to study various style of music, production & engineering. Since then I've had the exciting experience of performing all over the world from Houston Texas to Brooklyn New York and beyond as a saxophonist sharing the stage & the booth with artist such as Mos Def, Daru Jones, Currency, DJ Premier, Q-tip, Zo, Ruben Studdard, Chris Dave, Les Nubians, Oshun, Devin The Dude & more.
My teaching experience dates back to high school, when I gave my classmate private saxophone lessons over the course of the year back in 2007 who's principle instrument was the flute, it was in those moments that I found sharing knowledge I've acquired and am still acquiring with those who really want to learn and grow as musicians to be one of the greatest gifts I've experienced. Regular practice on a consistent schedule is a major key point to progress and gaining a passion for the saxophone that I really to emphasize especially for young students. I've found that a combination of both classical, jazz, & modern music can go a long way in helping a student enjoy saxophone while encouraging them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions, perform, compose their own original material, so they can feel great about themselves, their accomplishments and stay motivated to keep learning.
For beginner students, I typically start with "KJOS Standard of Excellence Book 1 Alto Sax", and "Foundations For Superior Performance warm-ups & technique for band" by Richard Williams & Jeff King. Once the studen has grasped the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce a combination of modern music, classical, & jazz repertoire along with ear training excercises to develope the students ear before diving into the basics of music theory. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in and guide my instruction to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
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