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BS, University of Southern California, Jazz performance
I am an energetic and motivated Instructor/musician who loves sharing music with others. I graduated form the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Jazz Performance in 2005. Since then i have traveled the country and world performing/recording with many artists. I have had the pleasure of playing the grammies/the voice/american idol and Last Call with Carson Daly.
I began teaching when I was 16 in my local town of Evanston, Illinois.I have continued to teach on and off in between touring and working with others for the last 14 yrs. I currently have a 2 year old son who is very interested in trumpet so I am beginning to show him the ropes and am well aware of the struggles of teaching younger children. I emphasize a regular regiment of practice every day of at least 20 minutes. I use a combination of classical and jazz which I find keeps the students engaged and keeps lessons focused but fun!
For beginning students I like to focus on getting a great sound going. So I focus a lot on breath and relaxation. I work from Arbans, Clarke,Schlossberg and more, always creating lessons and plans to the students level of development. As the student grow so does the material I will present to them.
As a teacher I take pride in seeing my students grow and develop their own personal connection to music! It is very important to set goals so I encourage students to set their own goals of learning as well as set some lesson oriented goals for them as well. Finding out what interests the student makes my job challenging but fun in the way I can design lessons that will better assist growth!
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