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Bachelor of Arts in Music, cum laude, Columbus State University, 2005
Master's of Music in Jazz Studies, 4.0 GPA, University of Illinois, 2012
Doctorate of Musical Arts, in progress, University of Texas, Austin, 2012
Winner of the Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition
Two-time recipient of the "Outstanding Soloist" IAJE scholarship award
Fellowship Award to study music at the University of Illinois
Zack has been playing saxophone for over 16 years and has been teaching and performing professionally since 2005. His experience ranges from orchestral and chamber music to rock, jazz and everything in bewteen. He is experienced on the stage as a performer as well as in the classroom as an educator, and also in the recording studio. He has toured the United States with rock and jazz groups, playing in cities from coast to coast, and has performed with Latin Jazz groups in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Originally based out of Atlanta, Zack moved to Champaign, Illinois in 2010 to complete a Master's degree at the University of Illinois. He now resides in Austin, Texas, working as a freelance artist and studying at the University of Texas, with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Progress.
Performed with LaGrange Symphony, LaGrange, GASaxophone Instructor, Greater Columbus School of MusicAdjunct Faculty, Sequoyah High School, Etowah High School, and Dean Rusk Middle School, Cherokee County SchoolsSaxophone Instructor Musika, 2007-present
Zack enjoys teaching students of all skill levels and ages and employs different approaches depending on the needs and personal goals for each student. He is comfortable in many styles and can help with everything from preparing for honor band auditions, adult beginners desiring to learn a new instrument, jazz improvisation or solo repertoire.
Zack usually balances the time by working first on fundamental/technical aspects of the instrument: intonation, articulation, rhythm, and tone; followed by study of the particular student's chosen repertoire, whether it be jazz standards, rock/pop/blues tunes, classical literature or etudes. Zack believes in teaching students to organize their practice time wisely, isolating specific issues on the instrument. Cultivating personal musical goals with each student is also very important, in order to maximize the student's enjoyment of the time they spend playing.
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