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2013 Evansville Kiwanis Achievement Award for outstanding performance in music
2013 Gumberts Award Competition Finalist
I'm a professional musician who enjoys working with students and passing along my knowledge of the arts. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance and a Jazz Studies Certificate. During the summer of 2013, I attended New York University's Broadway Percussion Seminar and took private lessons on Timpani and sight reading. In 2015 I received my certification in the operation of Pro Tools in a recording studio and a degree in Contemporary Drum Performance from the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena. The diversity of music I've had the opportunity to perform has been something I'm quite proud of in my career. The ability to sight-read and learn music quickly has given me the opportunity to meet and play with a wide variety of people as well as the opportunity to tour in the US and overseas to China and South America.
My teaching experience dates back to my time in college as I spent many hours working with high-school marching bands and giving individual lessons on drum set and battery percussion. Once I moved to Los Angeles, the focus of my teaching switched to private lessons in students homes and rented studio spaces. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music, I was asked back as a substitute to teach their sight reading classes, to assist in styles classes such as Rock and Jazz, and as an assistant running the console in their "Recording for Musicians" class. I always encourage my students and make sure they are enjoying the process to make sure they are never left with an uncertainty of where to proceed from the lesson. Their accomplishments and passion for the art is priceless to me!
Once I get an idea for my student's level based on the trial lesson, I build a curriculum specifically for their needs. I have a personal library of music and exercises that I cater to needs of each individual. I do my best to always keep in mind the specific goals of my student whether they are studying to develop skills for school bands/orchestra, marching band, recitals, real world gigs and auditions, or just for fun! Being such a physical instrument, I like to build a regiment with my students to track progress and encourage a daily practice routine that they can check off and feel good about once they've completed it for the day.
Seeing my students excited about music drives my passion for teaching! As I structure my curriculum for each student, I like to incorporate things like active listening and history into lessons so that it's never just going through the motions and doing monotonous exercises. Often introducing an artist or moment that was crucial in music history sparks creativity and motivation in students when they might not have been introduced to it earlier. Everyone has had that one song they play on loop! Also, as technology is continuously developing, I might talk about gear and how it affects how we play our instrument. Having also studied production, I'll occasionally show students how they can use software like garage band (or professional DAWs such as Protools) to practice.
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