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As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.
In 3rd grade, I remember seeing a brass quintet play at my elementary school auditorium. This was the moment I knew the trumpet was for me! From 3rd grade to my senior year in high school, I took private lessons and played in the top groups on trumpet and percussion - eventually achieving such awards as "Best Soloist at a College Jazz Festival" and "Musician of the Year at San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts." Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA in 2005, I became interested in recording and audio engineering – eventually working as a 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me the opportunity to work with some of San Diego’s finest musicians and recording artists, including Joe Marlett, Danny Campbell, Dave Curtis, Wayne Johnson, Gregory Page, Marshall Hawkins, James East, Shep Meyers and many others.
After a few years of playing in various groups and working in the studio - I decided to further pursue my academic and musical endeavors. In 2008, I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music. It was here I had the opportunity to study with some of the most highly acclaimed musicians from around the world.
Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!
*** Lesson Details ***
Students studying with me can expect to learn a lot about music in a relatively short time, and have a lot of fun doing it. My initial aim with any student is to find out what their goals are (i.e. favorite type of music, inspiration for playing etc..). It is important to me we are working on what YOU want to learn!
Below are some of the topics I cover in lessons, and what I consider to be some of my strong teaching points:
Drums/Percussion: Rudimental Studies, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical, Latin, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Study of Great Drummers. I use a combination of books, charts, active listening and journal notes in lessons.
Trumpet: Technical Studies (Range, Dexterity), Sight Reading, Solo Repertoire, Classical, Jazz. Students can expect to study from a range of material, including Clarkes Technical Studies, Arban's, and Jamey Aebersold Books.
Piano: Jazz, Pop, Some Classical, Music Theory, Scales, Chords, Reading Melody, Chord "Changes," and Accompaniment. I use a lot of different material depending on the student's level and goals, including the Bastien series and the Berklee keyboard curriculum.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in a music room in the home. The room includes a drum set, keyboard, amps, guitars, bass guitars and seating is available. Parking is on the street and driveway.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano at my house, I can provide the instruments.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.