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BS, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Music Education - Cum Laude
Executive Director: Thunder Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps, Thunder Drumline: 2013 to present.
Private lesson instructor: 2000 to present. Specializing in beginning to intermediate brass as well as beginning to advanced drum set, mallets, drumline and percussion.
Marching Percussion Coordinator at University of Maryland: 2011 to 2018.
Assistant Marching Band Director/Marching Percussion Coordinator at Stevenson University: 2012 to 2019.
Director of Bands at Royal Palm Beach Community High School: 2008 - 2010.
Director of Percussion/Composer at Fusion Core Drum and Bugle Corps: 2011 - 2012.
Director of Percussion/Composer at Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps: 2007 - 2008.
Percussion Staff at Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps: 2000 - 2006.
Percussion Staff at The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps: 2001
I am a fun, driven and knowledgeable instructor who has been in the education business for more than 10 years. I love the excitement of getting new students started on their instruments and watching my more seasoned students go on to have awesome performance experiences. I am currently a graduate student at University of Maryland where I am studying Music Education and look forward to helping new musicians get their start with excellent fundamentals based my information and experiences as a teacher and performer.
For beginners on drums and percussion, I start with basic snare studies and immediately apply those studies to drumset and bells as appropriate. For more experienced players, I offer more advanced literature on both instruments and demonstrate how create the various sounds and combinations. For beginning brass students, I start with basic buzzing techniques and immediately begin with low tone studies and learning note names and where the notes apprear on the staff. I am capable of teaching trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium and tuba as I have performance experience and have taken lessons on all these instruments.
My teaching style is upbeat, fun and fast paced. I like to give written notes for reference when I am not with the student as this serves as an awesome aid when practicing. If there are questions, I am always an email, text or phone call away. The assignments I give are realistic, goal oriented and based on the student's level of experience, talent or willingness to apply themselves to their instrumental study. This will vary from student to student and is based on schedule and other factors.
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