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Undergraduate studies in Classical and Jazz Performance, Cal State Los Angeles Jazz Studies, University of Southern California (USC) Left both pre graduation to work professionally
Two time Grammy Award winner 2004 and 2005
I have been teaching Trombone and Bass to students of all ages for over 15 years and still love giving students the tools and technique to progress and achieve their goals as musicians. Seeing the moment it "clicks" for a student and watching them improve as players and the change that makes in their own image and self confidence is one of the most satisfying aspects of teaching music. My professional career has taken me around the world and allowed me to do and see things I never would have dreamed. If I can give aspiring musicians the ability to achieve what I have achieved, or just increase someone's ability to play and enjoy music, then my time is well spent.
I began teaching trombone and bass after my first years of college at Cal State L.A. and went on to become a clinician and teacher in Los Angeles teaching trombone, bass, and percussion as well as working with musicians and conducting clinics around the U.S. and the world while touring and during my time as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department. I now teach primarily from my home in Los Angeles and have had great success inspiring my students to progress. I have taught all ages and skill levels and have an excellent rapport with my students.
My lessons are taylored to each student individually to address their needs and desired results, and depending on their ability. I like to focus on technique and then work on the specific needs of each student to achieve their goals. I like to find out what my students want to play, then figure out how to get them to be able to.
Everybody is different, and everyone responds to different types of motivation. As a teacher it is part of my job to find out what that is for each student. I believe that success breeds success, and starting with achieveable goals and realizing results will motivate and inspire a student, but there is also no getting around practice, you must put in the time on your instrument to be successful and to progress. That being said, the point of learning to play music is to have fun and enjoy it. There must be joy in, and love of, playing your instrument, that's why it's called playing!
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