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2016- Howard University- Jazz Studies
I am a passionate teacher who loves to see the experience a student has when they make a connection on their instrument. It is my goal to facilitate that process as many times as possible with each of my students. I have been teaching music for the past 3 years in both group and individual settings. I am currently a Program Manager and Teacher for a music nonprofit geared to providing free music lessons to students in theWashington, D.C. area. I have been playing professionally in both the Washington, D.C. area and Baltimore area for the past 4 years. These experiences include playing in Marching Bands, Musical Theatre productions, Jazz, Symphonic Bands and many others. I bring all of these experiences with me to give my students the most practical and well rounded musical lesson possible.
My teaching experience began in college as I began to help teach some of my peers that were interested in taking up saxophone as a hobby. I realized immediately that I had a passion for connecting people to their passion for music and wanted to continue doing that. I eventually began to teach outside of school in the homes of interested students in the Washington, D.C. area. By doing this I was approached to work in DC public schools as an aid to the music programs that were both established and just beginning by giving individual and group instruction to the students. Seeing the student develop over the time I have worked with them and see their passion for music grow gives me great joy and look forward to giving that to develop that in all of my students.
My methods are unique to each student and allow for every student to develop as a complete musician and begin making music as soon as possible. I am committed to helping develop all around musicians who are both proficient in the technical aspects of their individual instruments as well as knowledgeable about the theoretical aspects of creating music. I often use simple songs that the student knows as the catalyst to developing the students understanding of basic music concepts and ideas. Developing skills in this way give a direct connection to music from day one.
My teaching style varies for each student's individual needs. For beginner students I often try the easiest way for the student to enjoy the lesson while also giving the most value in their time. It is my desire to show every student that they have what is capable of making great music, now. Creating a supportive environment for the student to explore their instrument in all ways and gain the understanding that everything they do on their instrument is an opportunity to learn and grow is of utmost importance to me.
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