I believe that the ultimate goal of music should be fulfillment. Whether that entails enjoying the musical result of one’s playing, a feeling of accomplishment after learning a hard passage, the excitement of being able to write one’s own music, or something else, fulfillment should be the ultimate goal of making music. To achieve this goal, my teaching focuses on:
Tailoring each lesson and the overall goals to the needs and inclinations of the student. Composing/inventing my own exercises for students. Using lessons as a focused, intensive time period to iron out any trouble spots. This makes practicing/composing at home easier and resolves many technical and musical issues. Ensuring that while the student is working hard, they enjoy themselves. This may be through playing repertoire they enjoy, composing for an instrument they love, learning new chords that interest them, or listening to music.
I can come to your place of residence in the CT area (and prefer to do so). I offer a free half-hour trial lesson to students looking to sample my lessons. You can contact me anytime if you ever have questions about my teaching, need advice with your music or instrument, or have any other requests. I appreciate any and all feedback, and use it to constantly improve my teaching.
Education / Training
Education The Hartt School, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Summa Cum Laude (Class of 2011) Studies in composition: Alphonse Izzo, David Macbride, Robert Carl, Ken Steen, and Tawnie Olson (2007-11) Studies in jazz guitar: Richard Goldstein (2008-9) Participant in Hartt Community Division composition program under Ken Steen and Jessica Rudman (2006-7) Studies outside of Hartt in cello: Dorothy Fidlar and Jennifer Combs (1996-2007)
Recognition Hartt Music Theory Department Award for Excellence (In recognition of performance in theory courses; 2011) Member, Alpha Chi National Honors Society (In recognition of highest tier GPA; 2011) Richard Kountz Trust Scholarship in Composition (In recognition of compositional ability; 2010) Burton Family Scholarship (In recognition of academic excellence and compositional ability; 2009) University of Hartford Junior Regent Award (For having one of the top two GPAs in my class; 2008)
Experience 16+ years of composing 9+ years of playing guitar 6+ years of teaching/tutoring music 12 years of playing cello Music teacher throughout the CT region
Guitar Concerto No. 1
Cello Sonata Mvt. II
Regrets for Solo Flute
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Shenandoah Conservatory is a performing arts community located near Washington DC with a comprehensive unit of 750 students and 120 faculty in music, theater and dance. In 2008-09, resident and visiting artists include the Audubon Quartet, pianist John O'Conor and trumpet artist Jens Lindemann.