I have been performing and recording internationally with numerous musicians, bands and composers for over 30 years and have received critical acclaim on over 50 recordings that have been released on CD and vinyl. I strive to work with the students' interest instead of forcing them to adapt to my personal approach, but I am happy to help guide students when they are unsure of a direction. I truly enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities and have a positive and encouraging attitude while keeping students apprised of professional expectations in the music industry. In addition to woodwind performance on saxophone and clarinet, I enjoy working with students to enable them to become young composers and improvisers. For woodwind performance I tend to focus on: sound (tone, intonation, timbre); harmony (scales, chords, intervals); rhythm (pulse, groove, tempo, meter, compound meter); sight reading; interpretation/developing your own sound and approach; repertoire; composition; improvisation - while we may not touch on all of these aspects every week, I like to keep these skills on the table so the student can integrate them into their performance skills.
Finally, while I am a professional musician and see that as the central focus of my work, I do not see teaching as a day job, or a necessary evil. Instead, I feel honored to help shape the future of music by working with young people and inspiring them to discover their own personal approach while working within a variety of musical traditions.
In addition to my work as a musician, I have a master's degree from the University of Southern California in literature, was trained as a reading specialist at the Institute of Reading Development, and worked/taught in this field for nearly 20 years. I enjoy helping students in any of these subject areas and have an easy going, friendly and supportive manner.
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