I have always been naturally drawn to listening and playing music. Music brings me joy and as a teacher my goal is to inspire students to experience the same joy I get from making music. I studied jazz and classical music at Eastman School of Music and focused on jazz during my master's degree at the University of Miami. Because I have learned from many great jazz educators I have learned several effective teaching methods. I have also been fortunate to have played and performed with many great musicians that continue to inspire me.