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James Madison University (Jazz Studies - Piano)
I am a jazz pianist and composer in western Loudoun County. I have performed in multiple states and countries over the past 8 years. I earned a degree in Jazz Studies from JMU, including Classical instruction.
I have a strong passion for jazz, improvisation, composing/arranging, music theory, and music history. I have taught long-term students as well as sole lessons from beginner to advanced.
My schedule is very flexible: I can set up lessons on the same day each week, or whenever and whatever frequency best suites you. If you are interested in incorporating other instruments/styles into your repertoire, I also teach folk/blues harmonica, rhythm guitar, and song writing.
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies (Magna cum laude) with 3 years of collegiate Classical piano study from James Madison University. I have done over 750 solo and group performances. I have 20+ solo and group compositions/arrangements, and 3 big band/orchestra works in addition to 1 fully composed folk album which is globally available. I have experience teaching multiple students from beginner upwards. All of these things provide me with the skills, knowledge, and expertise to teach piano, improvisation, composition, song writing, music theory, music history, ear training, and blues/folk harmonica.
My passion is jazz, piano, and improvisation and I love to spread this music and keep it alive! Whatever level you are (never have touched a piano to a multiple-year player) I can and want to teach you. I teach all age groups too. Contact me for more information! I am a jazz pianist and composer in western Loudoun County. I have performed in multiple states and countries over the past 8 years. I earned a degree in Jazz Studies from JMU, including Classical instruction.
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In addition to performing jazz (on piano) and improvising, I have a great passion for composition. I have performed my works of varying genres (jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, Classical-style) as a soloist up to a member of a 17-member ensemble. My instruction will involve analysis of key compositional approaches and elements in the genre of your interest, mixed with building your own portfolio of compositions!
I have been performing live music in public and private venues since the age of 13. My Bachelor of Music is in Jazz Studies (concentrated on piano). I play piano, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and ukelele. I have experience teaching and offer my services from beginner to advanced, to any age group.
In completion of my jazz studies degree I completed over 9 courses directly on music theory. My knowledge includes classical theory, jazz theory, advanced theory (atonal/serial), aural theory, and analysis. I regularly practice and use this knowledge in teaching, composing, and improvising. I teach theory from absolute beginner to advanced players interested in expanding their theory skills.
I have played piano for nearly 12 years and have a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies on piano from James Madison University. I also have well over one thousand hours of performance experience. In addition to Jazz, I also teach and play Blues, Rock, and Classical. Lessons can be weekly or as needed by your schedule.
I teach the music and lyrical aspects of songwriting. I have written and published a 12-song folk album for different combinations of voice, guitar, bass, harmonica, fiddle, and piano. I am most comfortable teaching in the folk, blues, bluegrass, and pop styles, but I am happy to adapt to the genre that interests you!