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BA, Berklee College of Music
Individual Performance Award at Krokus Jazz Festival and Competition in Poland, 2010 Key to Career Award at Gorzow Jazz Celebrations, 2010
I have been an active drummer and musician in the New York City area since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2009, where I received my Bachelor's Degree. I am currently undergoing my masters at Queens College as well. My experiences range from performing in monks' homes in Japan, music festivals in South America, club dates all around the USA and Canada, as well as recording sessions and leading workshops in Europe and the Caribbean. I have always enjoyed accompanying my schedule with the opportunity to teach students what I have learned and getting them excited about music.
I have been steadily teaching private lessons since I was at Berklee, nearly 10 years ago. I almost always have taught lessons at my own studio where students come to me because that always seems to be the most conducive environment for learning and getting inspired. I've taught complete beginners at the toddler age, and even retired people in their 70s. I enjoy teaching because each student has different needs, different interests, and most importantly digest and internalize new information differently.
As students all have different tastes and skill levels, it is important for me to really be perceptive to their specific needs and teach them only what I feel they will be able to digest but at the same time present a new challenge to them that can be fun. It is my priority to make the lessons relaxed and most importantly, enjoyable. Music is difficult, and takes a lot of work, but it can also be so gratifying and liberating at the same time, and that's what I want my students to understand. If they are willing to put in some extra work outside of lessons, they will surely see progress and then we can move forward at a more steady pace.
I typically like to start lessons with a warm up, and this is a good opportunity to see what level a student's technique is at. I immediately address anything that I see to be problematic in the student's technique, and we start working on ways to improve it as soon as possible. These can be simple exercises and when I see that my students are improving in these exercises and that their technique has gotten better, I always make sure that they also notice the difference and give them a sense of accomplishment.
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