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BM, Temple University, Music Education W/ Jazz Studies component.
2011 Temple University Diamond Key Award
2008-2010- Performed with Temple University Jazz Band at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center among other venues
2008-One week tour of the Netherlands with Temple University Jazz Band
I have been playing music for as long as I can remember and teaching it since high school. In 2012, I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a dual focus in Jazz Studies. During that time, I had the chance to perform with artist like Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Nicolas Peyton and the renowned Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. After graduating, I moved to Arizona to begin working as a band and general music teacher in the Phoenix area.
I had my first teaching experience working with elementary students as a private instructor during my senior year of high school. I continued to work with beginning and intermediate students throughout college teaching everything from beginning instruction to jazz improvisation. I am currently a band, strings and vocal music teacher in the Phoenix area where I rehease several groups and give lessons daily. my current students experience everything from classical to pop music and are encouraged to be as creative as possible. While I work on band/ schoil music as well as lesson books, I often bring new material to lessons in order to help students grow and learn new skills crucial for achievement.
Beginning students for woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone) usually start with the Essential Elements book. As they advance the next books are usually Breeze Easy book 2 followed by the Rubank Intermediate and Advanced Methods. Advanced students will break into instrument specific methods. Flute with use methods such as The Melodious Studies and Pares scales books, clarinets with use the Klose books and Saxophone students will use Ferling and Klose studies. Students wishing to study jazz methods will use either the Jim Snidero or Walt Weiskopf methods. For piano students, I usually begin with the Alfred studies and select a book based on the students skill level or age. In addition, I will often provide sight reading studies as supplemental materials during lessons.
My ultimate goal as a teacher is to create independent musicians capable of creative thinking and musicality long after they have left my studio. While reading the notes and rhythms is obviously important, understanding why those notes, rhythms or markings are in the music will help students develop and learn musicianship skills that are often overlooked. Providing students with performance opportunities and sharing my passion for music help students stay encouraged and become creative and independent thinkers not just in music, but other areas of life as well.
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