I have over 25 years experience as a professional musician and has found success as a performer, educator, composer, and director. I am currently serving as a music teacher based in Central New Jersey, more specifically Lawrenceville, NJ, dedicated to teaching private trumpet lessons to students who are determined, ambitious, and ready to learn and grow at a rapid pace.
My teaching philosophy is the following:
All students can learn and outperform what they originally think themselves capable of doing. It is only a matter of time and effort when students meet the “Aha! I can do anything!” moment. That moment is pivotal as it is when that belief is ingrained in them internally and backed up by experience. There is no stopping them, and their growth becomes more rapid, extensive, meaningful, confidence-boosting, and genuine. Afterwards, they repeat that moment time and time again, only to reinforce its validity. This is also one of the most rewarding and life-changing moments a teacher and student can experience.
As a teacher, my goal is to direct each student to meet that “Aha!” moment and many to follow by guiding them to independently lead themselves to meeting goals and experiencing genuine accomplishments that point to that moment. Each student is unique and learns differently; therefore no one method or technique leads all students to success. Because of that, I believe in personalizing teaching methods, goals, and criteria for success for each student to help inspire all of them to perform their very best and reach what they and I determine together to be what success looks like.
I also am convinced that the most inspirational and motivational teachers are those who constantly want to learn and grow themselves and find excitement in new things. That excitement is contagious, and students cannot help but to grab a hold of that enthusiasm. I search for and collect viable and useful pedagogical tools to continually improve as a teacher.
I have been instrumental in directing students in such a way that they would exceed expectations and ambitions, including acceptance into All-State Band when there was no forethough of being asked to audition for such a thing. I have done it before, and I will do it again.
I have Bachelors Degree in Music from East Tennessee State University.