Washington State University (Music)
New England Conservatory (Master's)
University of New Hampshire (Graduate Coursework)
I grew up in a family of educators, so you could say that teaching is the family business. My own experience includes more than 15 years helping students with music. I have taught at every level, from the ages of 4 to 72, beginner to professional, and elementary school through college and beyond. I am also an active professional performer. I compose for and lead my own band, and I have shared the stage with many luminaries of the jazz world, such as Danilo Perez, George Garzone, James Williams, Yoron Israel, Matt Wilson, Oliver Lake, and Clark Terry, to name a few.
My training includes formal schooling at Washington State University, U.C. Swansea (Wales, UK), The University of New Hampshire, and The New England Conservatory, and private lessons with many different teachers, as well as the many years of informal training that I have gleaned as a performer and composer, by many years of dedicated practicing, by working out ideas with my peers, and by careful, life-long observation of many other great teachers and students. I have tried just about every method of improving as a musician, so I have direct personal experience with what works for me and others, and I can help you explore many different methods that can work for you.
My goal as a teacher is simply to help each student connect to the knowledge and skills required to reach their own goals, whether that means playing a few favorite songs at home, jamming with friends, getting a better grade in band class, winning a college audition, preparing for a recording session, or entertaining a crowd at Carnegie Hall, The Village Vanguard, or The Knitting Factory. Perhaps even more importantly, I feel that— whatever a student's level of commitment— learning and making music are best done with joy. The broad scope of my professional and life experience has been a key factor in striving to help students with a wide variety of backgrounds and needs find and maintain that enjoyment.
Lessons with me start from scratch, and are tailored to the specific needs of each student. Together, we'll explore your instrument and work toward mastery of the skills required to understand and play the music you love. A few of the general areas in which I can help you improve are:
• Instrumental technique on Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, or Drums
• Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight-Singing, and Sight-Reading
• Practice Techniques
• Improvisation and Composition
• Transcription and Musical Analysis
• Rhythm and Musical Time
• Stylistic Interpretation and Developing A Personal Style
Please feel free to contact me with specific questions or special requests. I look forward to working with you! I grew up in a family of educators, so you could say that teaching is the family business. My own experience includes more than 15 years helping students with music. I have taught at every level, from the ages of 4 to 72, beginner to professional, and elementary school through college and beyond. I am also an active professional performer. I
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I have studied clarinet as a secondary instrument for 17 years, including private lessons with Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky at Washington State University, David Seiler at The University of New Hampshire, and individual lessons with several colleagues who are world-class professional clarinetists and clarinet teachers. My professional experience includes 15 years of playing clarinet in jazz big bands and small groups, and in pit orchestras for musical theater. During my 11+ years of teaching clarinet, I have successfully prepared students for school performances; middle school and high school band auditions, including entrance auditions for competitive schools such as Laguardia High School; and summer music camp, all-state and college entrance auditions. I have many insights for beginning to intermediate clarinet students, and I'm especially good at helping saxophonists make quick progress with the challenges the instrument presents to doublers.
Throughout my own development as a musician, I have strived to master the aural skills associated with competency as an improviser, transcriber, composer, and teacher. The ultimate goal is to attain a level of total fluency in musical sounds akin to the most eloquent native scholar of a spoken language. To that end, I have studied ear training with some of the world's most renowned masters, including Charlie Banacos, Ran Blake, and Jerry Bergonzi. I am well-versed in many methods of improving one's ears: from vocal pitch matching and interval identification to advanced transcription and learning to recognize complex harmonic progressions; from working with computer ear training software or making recordings to practice with, to taking melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation or playing call-and-response note games. If you want to improve your aural skills, I can help you.
I have studied flute as a secondary instrument for 17 years, including private lessons with Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky at Washington State University, David Seiler at The University of New Hampshire, and individual lessons with several colleagues who are world-class professional flutists and flute teachers.
My professional experience includes 15 years of playing flute in jazz big bands and small groups, and in pit orchestras for musical theater. During my 11+ years of teaching flute, I have successfully prepared students for school performances; middle school and high school band auditions; and summer music camp, all-state and college entrance auditions. I have many insights for beginning to intermediate flute students, and I'm especially good at helping saxophonists make quick progress with the challenges the instrument presents to doublers.
I have studied saxophone as my primary instrument for 25 years. While in high school, I worked for three years with world-class saxophonist, college professor, and recording artist Brent Jensen, a former student of the great Lee Konitz. During my undergraduate program at Washington State University, noted composer and saxophonist Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky was my main teacher, and I also had individual lessons with David Hagelganz, Ernie Watts, Phil Woods, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Clayton, and others. While earning my Master's degree at The New England Conservatory, I studied with famous jazz educators such as Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil, Danilo Perez, Charlie Banacos, Bob Moses, Herb Pomeroy, Frank Carlberg, and Cecil McBee. Outside of school, I have also had individual lessons with Joe Lovano, Hadley Caliman and Bill Pierce, to name a few. As a professional saxophonist, I have played jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, pop, hip-hop, classical and other styles. Some of the more notable performers with whom I've shared the stage are pianist James Williams, drummers Adam Cruz and Matt Wilson, and bassist Ben Street. I have also performed and recorded with pianist Danilo Pérez, saxophonists George Garzone and Oliver Lake, drummer Yoron Israel, and bassist John Lockwood.
For more than 16 years, I have enjoyed teaching many styles of music at every level, from beginners to college music majors and professional musicians, and from 7—72 years of age. Some areas I like to focus on in lessons are tone production, finger technique, ear training, sight reading, transcription, improvisation and melodic interpretation. If that sounds daunting, don't worry: lessons with me are tailored to the specific needs of each student. I believe in building skills up from a solid foundation in music theory and saxophone fundamentals, but I also believe that—regardless of a player's level or musical goals—that is best done while having fun. I can help you master the changes to Giant Steps in 11/8 or nail your audition to the Manhattan School of Music, but if your child just needs help with her band music, or if you simply want to learn a few easy tunes to play at home for fun, those will be our first goals!