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Bachelor Degree: Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master Degree: Hartt School of Music
2018 - Yale Gordon Concerto Competition finalist
2018 - Recipient of the Rubys Artist Grant by the Baltimore Cultural Alliance
2021 - Recipient of the Matthew S. Polk Scholarship for the Recording Arts
2021 - Premiered a new piece for saxophone and electronics at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium
2022 - Instrumentalist chosen to premiere new works for CNSNC at the Smithsonian
Hello everyone! I am a professional saxophonist who graduated with a Bachelors degree in saxophone performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2022. I am currently working towards my master's in saxophone performance at the Hartt School of Music, so I am relatively new to the greater Hartford area. Throughout my musical career, I had the opportunity to commission and premiere many new works for the saxophone, and I hope to continue this work as I strive to be a leader in the world of contemporary classical music. I have also played the piano since I was 8 years old, and still find myself sitting down at a keyboard in between practice sessions on my saxophone. If you want to know more, just reach out to me!
I first started teaching back while I was in high school, taking on several students over the summer as they prepared for the upcoming school year. In my lessons back then, I strove to foster a passion for music and the arts in my students by playing through fun music, learning some music theory, and encouraging them to perform in front of their peers. I like to emphasize the power of consistent and efficient practice, regardless of the student's age. I believe that practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent! To this effect, my main goal as a music teacher is to give my students all the tools they need to grow exponentially on their instrument as they explore the wide world of music.
I believe that every student is unique and deserves a unique approach from myself as a teacher, so I do not stick to regimented lesson plans. I work each week to plan out how best to convey the information needed, but if things need to change in the lesson, I adapt to provide what is needed for the student to still grow. There should be no lesson where the student walks away having learned nothing. I always try and find out what interests a student (classical music, popular music, jazz standards, etc.) and guide the instruction accordingly to keep lessons engaging and fun, as that is one of the most important tasks as a teacher!
My teaching style is fairly laid-back, allowing each student to progress at their own pace. This allows me the freedom to tailor the instruction to the specific needs of the student and successfully find what creates their individual passion. I also believe that - especially in creative mediums like music and art - every negative critique I point out needs to be accompanied by at least two positive critiques. This positive reinforcement will help push students to progress rather than pushing them down, and all I want is to see the people I teach grow as both budding musicians and people.
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