I am a composer, guitarist, arranger and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.
In addition to my teaching work, I have a busy schedule as a guitarist and composer. As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from ASCAP and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (recent winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
I was a TA for two undergraduate electronic music classes - Introduction to Electronic Music, and Advanced Topics in Electronic Music
• Assisted professor in course organization, preparation of course materials, and grading
• Led two sections of 4-5 student labs
• Provided individual instruction in MAX/MSP, Jitter, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro.
• Taught group guitar, composition and rock band classes
• Provided individual instruction and private lessons
• Oversaw individual and ensemble performances
• Taught private lessons in classical, jazz, folk and rock styles to beginner, intermediate and advanced students
• Led group classes in beginning guitar and musicianship
• Provided individual test preparation for the ABRSM Music Theory exam
The Walden School's Teacher Training Institute is based upon The Walden School Musicianship Course, an original approach to teaching the fundamentals of music with an emphasis on creative application, specifically through music improvisation and composition. In addition, the course offers activity-based methods for developing high-level fluency with theoretical concepts and effective methods for teaching ear training.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.