I recently moved to Brooklyn after finishing my master's degree in Boston. I have always felt a strong gravitation towards teaching and interacting with others. I teach in all aspects of music
--theory, composition, ear training
, and improvisation. I specialize on the bass (upright and electric) and I teach beginning guitar
. I also frequently tutor students in math
, and writing
I have a wide variety of teaching experience, running music clinics at festivals abroad, leading classes and ensembles, TA experience at two universities, and private one-on-one music instruction in my own studio. I was a fellow for a community music and education program that brought performances and presentations to underprivileged schools, homeless shelters, and nursing
homes. I was the interim jazz bass teacher at Arizona State University for a year teaching students at an advanced level while maintaining my private studio of younger students, ages 3-17.
As an active performer, I have played regularly throughout the Phoenix, Boston, and New York City areas with a multitude of groups. My formal training has been in jazz but I frequently perform folk, rock, world music, avant garde, and classical music primarily on bass but also piano, saxophone
, guitar. I enjoy exploring these various musical mediums as a way to learn more about human emotions, cultures, and history
. I am most passionate about creating and performing my own compositions and I strive to inspire the same creative mindset in my students. This year, I was a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award/Grant.
My policy is that I offer my first lesson for free if you do not feel completely satisfied with it. I can travel to you but I also work out of my place in Brooklyn for a slightly discounted fee. I am also available for group lessons.
I look forward to meeting you and getting the chance to work with you!