I believe that my teaching experience, training as a classical trumpet player, practice as an improvisor/composer/electronic musician, and commitment to providing students with a well rounded arts education make me well-qualified to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and interests
Aesthetic Education plays a major role in my teaching. I push my students not only to have a deep understanding and opinion about a piece of art (usually a piece of music), but also be able to relate to it on a personal and cultural level. One exercise that I have done with my students is to compare the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony to a hip-hop track by DeAngelo, to compare how Beethoven layers each repetitive section with more intensity than the last, and how a great hip-hop artist frequently uses this musical technique. It fulfils me as an artist and a human being to be able to share many forms of art, and my passion for the arts with students from all backgrounds. I always strive to give my students the broad education, which includes high quality arts education, that I wished that I could have received growing up in a rural area.
Class Room Teaching:
The Links inc. , November 2014-Present, P.S.197, Harlem, NYC — Teaching Artist
Community Middle School, 2008-2009 Hollins, VA — Teaching Artist
Galliard Music, September 2014-Present New York, NY — Private Teacher
Mannes the New School for Music, (2013-Present) New York, NY — Student Contractor and Ensemble Director
Brass 5 (Yamaha Performing Artist Performing Artists), 2010-Present, Roanoke, VA— Musician, Teaching Artist
Eastern Musical Festival, 2012, Greensboro, NC — Musician, Teaching Artist
Students of all ages, levels of experience, and interests
As a Teaching Artist at P.S. 197 in Harlem, I was hired to develop a brass program for students ranging from 2nd-5th grade. My program consists of teaching two classes a week (2nd-3rd and advanced 3rd-5th) that combine teaching brass technique and performance, an overview of music history, basic music theory, and ear training in a group setting (with individual attention as needed). The program has grown from eight students to twenty students in eighteen months.In lessons, I place strong emphasis on being a exceptional musical thinker and citizen artist. By stressing the importance of aural awareness and improvisation in learning the trumpet, I encourage students to ask questions and be curious without judgement (of themselves or the other students). In my opinion, the most important ingredient of my teaching is the ability to guide them towards discovering their own artistic voice, and exposing them to many genres (and types) of music that could leave a lasting impression on their life and musical education.