Bachelor Degree: Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory
2022- The Juilliard School Merit Scholarship
Richard Franko Goldman Prize in Performance
1st Place Combo Division- Next Gen Jazz Festival
Berklee Five Week Scholarship
I am a 23-year-old freelance musician and teacher with a specialty in Jazz and Black American Music, who loves to interact and share knowledge with colleagues and musicians of all ages. I graduated from the Johns Hopkins University- Peabody Conservatory in 2022 and am continuing my studies at the Juilliard School this semester. Robert has been awarded the Stevie Ray Vaughan Scholarship, 1st place in the Ribelin Scale and Etude Competition, participated in the 2017 and 2018 Thelonious Monk Jazz Ambassadors, the Richard Franko Goldman Prize In Performance, and performed at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 2018 Piano Competition, received a full scholarship to the Stockton Helbing Jazz Institute and received 1st place in the combo division of the Next Gen Jazz Festival. Robert operates with the idea that all have the right to absorb art and be able to use it as a method of growth and healing. Robert is always experimenting, learning, drawing from different styles of music and experiences for inspiration, and using any trials for the betterment of himself and his art. Utilizing this mindset, Robert hopes to inspire the next line of young artists.
The majority of my teaching experience dates back to high school. I had two great cello students during my senior year playing cello and are still involved in the arts. My hope is to find students that are serious about making technical advancements on their instruments as well as having a deeper understanding of harmony and the connections between all genres of music. Robert G. is a Dallas-born saxophonist and composer. He spent his formative years as a classical cellist and picked up jazz saxophone at age 15. Since 15, he has been primarily a saxophone player and music producer, with a passion for the progression of Black American Music. He has toured with both Bobby Watson and Bobby Broom and performed with artists such as Sean Jones, Tim Green, Brandon Woody, Fredrick Sanders, Frank Lacy, Ameen Saleem, Quincy Phillips, Kris Funn, Marshall Gilkes, and Christian McBride.
On the basis of one's skill and prior experience, I will devise a plan starting with ideas of fundamental musical ideas (scales, arpeggios, key signatures, reading music) all the way to more advanced concepts of harmony and placement. Having the opportunity to hear a student's wishes will help me align myself with their goals and intentions musically which will inform my concepts. While there is an expectation that the student gives assistance in their difficulties to decide what is best for them, there also will be a thorough diagnosis of skills and weaknesses, for a better learning experience.
I value my student's love for the content they are learning. I seek to hear what students like to listen to and what music they enjoy, and using that information figure out how best to give listening recommendations and assignments. I hope that by allowing students to express themselves through the music they love, a strong relationship between the student and music can be cultivated for my student and me. I believe that a teacher can give a wealth of information but it is ultimately up to the student to spend time with the concepts.