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Indiana University, Jazz History
Berklee College of Music, Saxophone/Piano/Songwriting/Audio Production
2010 - Opened for Metric, Nappy Roots, Fall at San Diego IndieFest VI
2009 - Opened for The Wailers and Foghat at the San Diego Fair
2007 - Drummer on MTV's Made with Yellowcard
2006 - Opened for McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, & Bela Fleck at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival
2006 - Outstanding Musician Award, Bloomington Jazz Festival
I am an avid music lover, performer, and teacher. I was lucky to study piano from a young age and have the amazing pre-collegiate experiences of appearing on MTV's Made and opening for the likes of McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and Bela Fleck. I then received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where I studied saxophone performance as well as piano, songwriting, and audio production. I then moved to San Diego, CA and opened for The Wailers, Nappy Roots, Eve 6, Steel Pulse, & Shawn Colvin before touring the country. I have since built my own home studio and grown equally passionate about teaching as being a performing artist. Being able to record students in real-time at lessons in my studio and creating in depth, individualized lesson plans is what sets my teaching studio apart from the rest.
I have been teaching on and off since 2010 and now teach almost exclusively from my home studio in Bloomington, IN. I've had the experience of teaching everyone from 4 year olds to advanced adult students and implemented various teaching methods for the many different minds & learning styles. I always liked to look at the art of music like learning a language so I have since learned to create individualized lesson plans for my students that gives students plenty time to "speak", that is learning the fundamentals, phrases, and tools to share their personal story and to study the vast pedigree of music that has come before them. The musical journey I share with every new student opens as many new doors for me as it usually does for them so it is always an exciting venture & I am very passionate about what I do.
The art form of music is both a cerebral and deepy visceral experience. And thus so I invite students to journey outward and inward to begin (or continue) studying music from both a scholastic perspective as well as treating the art form as a purely aural experience. My teaching studio enables students to take home recordings of themselves so they have an audible track record of their progress. Every student learns differently, and is born with inherently different strengths, weaknesses, rhythms, and song. My individualized lesson plans take students on a journey from the past to the present as we dive into the vast pedigree of masters who have come before us, while looking outward at all the new music that is happening today.
Every student learns differently, so by finding out what inspires my student, I am able to create individiualized lesson plans that cater to my student's needs without losing focus on the fundamentals of music. Music is such a blessing and should be fun! Ample time is given to students to discover their own music and inherent rhythms while studying the vast pedigree of music that has come before us. My lesson plans incorporate everything from reading & writing music, jam sessions (often times with me!), and recording time. This unique combination allows students to keep an aural log of their progress while keeping a grounded, scholastic approach.
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