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BA, Southern Oregon University, Music Instruction AAOT, Lane Community College, Music
SOU Music Department Scholarship: 2012-2015
Coquille Indian Tribe Higher Education Scholarship 2008-2015
Provost Scholarship: 2012-2015
LCC Outstanding Musical Achievement Award 2012
SOU Outstanding Jury Award 2014
In 2015, I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Instruction. Whether performing in recital halls, coffee houses, percussion festivals, backyard barbeques, and rock n roll clubs, my multifaceted musical background facilitates my chameleon-like ability to accommodate a myriad of of musical projects.
My Philosophy: I firmly believe that music possesses the ability to change lives for the better. Music has certainly changed my life and molded me into the man that I am today. As a former C-average high school student, one might be surprised to learn that I received my BA in Music Instruction and graduated with honors. So what happened between high school and college? My passion for music inspired me to go back to school and taught me the many virtues that define who I am today. Music has gifted me with a second chance at life, and I feel that it is my duty to share this gift with the world so that it may change and embellish the lives of others. I believe in the individual and the vast assortment of personalities and skill-sets that they bring to the table. Just like music’s ability to enhance our way of thinking, I strongly believe that as musicians, we all have something to gain from others, no matter what their skill level is. As a music educator, I pledge my commitment to teach and learn from all of my students, inspire creativity, and to instill confidence, unity, and strong musicianship in each and every one of my students.
For beginning percussion students, I typically begin by teaching instrument maintenence, proper playing technique, rhythmic reading basics, and implementing a rudimental warm up exercise. Some of the various beginners repertoire I teach from include, but are not limited to: George Lawrence's Stick Control, Matt Savage's Rudimental Workshop, Mitchell Peters' Fundamental Method for Timpani, Saul Goodman's Modern Method for Timpani, Mitchell Peters' Fundamental Method for Mallets, Morris Goldenberg's Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, & Vibraphone, and Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials.
As a music educator, I vow to share my passion for music with others. I want others to see what I see: Music is Bliss. I plan to use music as a means of providing a creative outlet, instilling virtues, and to ultimately create commonality and unity through this beautiful universal language they call music. Because music gave me a second shot at life, I feel inclined to live my life as a music missionary, if you will, and am deeply devoted to ensuring personal growth, artistic gratification, and musical excellence in all of my students.
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