The University of Southern Maine
BFA University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Master's)
I am an experienced performance musician with a background in classical and jazz trumpet. I am nearly finished with the coursework for my master's degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I am a Teaching Assistant to the department. My duties have included:
Private Trumpet Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Theory Lessons, Sight singing and ear training lessons, and coaching various jazz ensembles.
I keep a regular and busy schedule of performing and teaching commitments, locally, out of town/state, and abroad. I have won awards for both my jazz and classical performances, to include: 1st Annual Martha Blood Scholarship Competition, 2008,
Portland Symphony Concerto Competition, 2008,
5th Place, National Trumpet Competition, 2009, and 3rd Place, National Trumpet Competition, 2011.
In addition to my performance experience, I have also occupied various positions as a private music instructor at a number of institutions including: Fiddlehead Center For The Arts, Gray, ME, Midcoast School of Music, Portland/Bath, ME, Music Studios of Maine, Gorham, ME, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
My methods are all but general. I believe that each student has great potential, and that to access that potential, a different approach for each of them may be required. I don't believe in "THE path" to success. There are many types of people and many ways to teach. I do my best to accommodate as many of them as possible. That having been said, certain things are non-negotiable in the learning process, such as engaging the subject. In the world of music, this means practicing. It is impossible to progress in any area if no effort is put forth by the student. Our sessions will likely include suggested scheduling methods for practice time and ideas and concepts around how to maximize that time.
I am always honest with my students. I do not like to waste their time or my own. I think it is always better to make the issues known and engage them directly than to allow bad habits to form. My students are successful when they practice. I am an experienced performance musician with a background in classical and jazz trumpet. I am nearly finished with the coursework for my master's degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I am a Teaching Assistant to the department. My duties have included:
Private Trumpet Lessons, Jazz
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