I not only give my students the tools to excel in the field of music, but also acknowledge their own individual connection to music, and strive to foster their own unique relationship with music. My primary goal in teaching trumpet technique is to approach playing in a way that is as natural and easy as using one’s own voice. It is also my duty to impart the most important skill: To be the music and have fun with whatever you play. If learning music is learning a language, first, we need to learn the letters before we can write poems, novels, etc. However, I believe that our connection to emotions should start developing while we start learning the letters, not later.
DMA, Eastman School of Music
Secondary Trumpet Instructor at Eastman School of Music
Performed at MANIFEST contemporary Music Festival
The study of music is transferable to all subjects and develops critical thinking skills necessary in education and the workforce. A music educator needs to be patient to help students develop the musical and life skills they need to be prepared throughout their lives. My goal is to help students understand the language of music; participate in the beauty of our art; and to give the gift of music that will follow students throughout time; and for students to become artistic-thinking individuals with a life-long desire to learn.
DMA, The Shenandoah Conservatory
Curriculum Writer for the AP Music Theory Test in GA
Empathy, Knowledge, and discipline are the pillars of my instructional methods. I aim to connect with each of my students on a personal level to provide an enriching, holistic education. As my student, you will be guided through music lessons relatable to every-day life that will allow you to discover yourself, as you Discover Melody.
MM, University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music
Associate Instructor at the University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music
One of the guiding forces in my life has always been a curiosity to explore… This curiosity has led me to many diverse musical situations throughout my career. Working as an educator, with students of all ages, I strive to help prepare and enable the next generation of young musicians in finding their own diverse lives and careers in music.
MA, New York University
Music Faculty at Western Connecticut University
Award Winner of 2000 Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Contest
I believe any student can succeed with dedication, hard work, and a healthy dose of fun! A growth mindset is key for success in any area of life, and especially in music. I focus on instilling a solid foundation of technique and fluency in fingerings, scales, and other essential fundamentals. Solo repertoire, etudes, and orchestral excerpt study are most effective when layered on top of functional technique.
MM, University of Nevada
4th horn in the Sarajevska Filharmonia
Instructor at Lake Tahoe Orchestral Academy and Sewanee Summer Music Festival
I strive to teach musical and technical knowledge through the application of hard work, dedication, focus and setting specific goals. I work with students to use these techniques to ultimately assist them in applying their musical and outside interests to their everyday lives.
MM, Boston University
Teacher at Perlman Music Program and New England Conservatory
I tailor the way I teach to help a student sound the best that they can at all time. I get satisfaction seeing a students appreciation for music grow and carry them forward in life.
MM, British Royal Northern Music School
Trumpeter at Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
DMA, University of Washington in Seattle
Teacher at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Orchestra and Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Performed at Aspen Music Festival
I strive nurture my students' love of music through innovative and intriguing teaching methods. We will work on repertoire that builds technique and nurtures the inner musician. I have worked with students of all ages and abilities.
MM, Yale School of Music
Horn professor at Mahanaim School
Guest Principal Horn at Miami Symphony