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DMA, Texas Christian University, Saxophone Performance
MM, Texas Christian University, Saxophone Performance
MM, University of Houston, Music Theory
BM, University of Houston, Music Theory
2015 - Performed Lead Alto in the TCU Jazz Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention
2013 - Texas Christian University Doctoral Scholarship/Assistantship
2012 - Performed as soloist at the Regional North American Saxophone Alliance Conference
2011 - Texas Christian University Graduate Scholarship/Assistantship
2008 - Hired as saxophone instructor at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX
I have been a professional musician and music teacher for almost 20 years. In 2016, I graduated with a doctorate in saxophone performance from Texas Christian University. At TCU, I studied saxophone with Joe Eckert. He is a well-known jazz and classical saxophonist and was the lead alto and director of the "Airmen of Note," the premier jazz ensemble of the US Air Force, for 20 years. I have traveled as a performer for several years, and I have recorded multiple major label projects with various Latin music groups. I am an expert at performing and teaching Jazz and Classical saxophone. I can teach saxophone lessons for beginners to advanced students.
In 1998, I began teaching saxophone lessons in Houston, TX. I have taught saxophone lessons in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2008. My students were in middle school, high school, college. and adults. In addition, I have taught students who wanted to start a new hobby or were interested in returning to an instrument that they played in the past. In 2011, I began studying with Joe Eckert at TCU. At TCU, I coached the saxophone quartets, lead rehearsals for the jazz ensemble saxophone section, performed classical saxophone recitals, and performed with the jazz ensemble.
My teaching method is to provide exercises, pieces, and etudes that are at an appropriate level for the student. I listen to my students play, and I comment on good aspects and any problems. During each lesson, I will explain how performance problems can be corrected. This will ensure that the student will develop good fundamentals for musical performance. The fundamentals that I teach are tone, time, rhythm, articulation, vibrato, finger technique, music reading, and basic music theory. I customize each lesson based on the goals of each student. My jazz students will also study improvisation by memorizing tunes, studying solos, transcribing, playing by ear, composing, and learning jazz music theory.
I am passionate about playing and studying music, and I would like my students to develop a love for music. I encourage my students to work hard and to improve each week, and I emphasize the importance of the process of learning. This helps my students focus, and it facilitates the achievement of their musical goals. My lessons are also fun and engaging. I try to include fun music, musical games, and teacher-student duets to keep the student interested. Each lesson is unique because we will cover new topics each week or approach past topics in a new way. In addition, I will incorporate music theory and music history when possible. I feel that it is important to have a complete understanding of music by knowing basic music theory, general music history, and how to play an instrument.
Very communicative and great with teaching kids!
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