I've been a proud and active member of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) since 1999. I've won several awards (one recording I played on won a Grammy in 2010) and have toured in over 35 countries as both a bandleader and sideman. But my first teaching job in NYC in 2002 was as a high school band director at Hunter College High School. I'm familiar with the needs of students at several levels of ability and aspirations. Some students are purchasing an instrument for the first time, some are trying to get into the performing ensemble or college of their choice. Everyone wants to be more familiar with the bass and experience the joy of making music while you are playing whether you are a beginner or a pro. That's why we love it! Of course to do that we have to discipline ourselves to get some skills under our belt.
Throughout the years I've studied with some great teachers myself including: John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Buster Williams, Alfonso Johnson, and many others. I pass that information along to you. Information not only about technique but the philosophy behind the music that you are making. Connecting mind and body along with humility and a great attitude goes a long way both as a student and performer. I find it's important to cover the physical as well as mental aspects of practicing and playing as practicing is an animal of it's own. Practicing obstacles may include: resistance to being consistent, only working on what you're good at and avoiding the trouble areas, or having trouble concentrating and being present on what you're working on in the moment. I've been through it. As an on-going learner of music I've learned to manage and direct these elements so I can still reach the outcomes I want.
Along with performing and teaching I'm a bandleader for Jazz At Lincoln Center where we do jazz outreach concerts at middle schools and high schools in NYC. I'm also on faculty as an Instructor at the Teacher's College (Columbia University) where my students range from beginner to PhD level. I've worked as a cultural ambassador for the US State Dept and traveled extensively performing and teaching to audiences of all ages and backgrounds in addition to touring with world-renown artists throughout Europe and the Americas. I have three recordings as a bandleader and played on over 50 recordings as a sideman. I have a BM in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music as well as a MA from Queens College in Jazz Performance.
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Performance psychology is crucial to being able to bring out your hard-worked-for talent to actually project on the stage. You know you can do it. Why does the mind and body get in the way during or just before performance time? Knowing how to navigate these things are key to your performance success and also making the audience feel comfortable with you and making them feel like at the end of the show that they know you in a special way. Our goal is to be in a state of comfort and ease so our abilities shine and and inspire exactly the way we envisioned them when we decided that we wanted to learn music.
Jazz At Lincoln Center
Lead my jazz quintet at high schools throughout NYC to perform and teach about jazz musicianship and history in auditoriums and during school assemblies.
Teachers College, Columbia University
Private bass instructor
Kupferberg Center Jazz Project, Queens College
Lead workshops and work with other clinicians to teach jazz in classrooms, to coach high school ensembles in jazz musicianship, or to prepare high school ensembles for specific performances.
CUNY, Hunter College
Private bass instructor
CUNY, Hunter College High School
Band director for two high school ensembles
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
Berklee College Of Music
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Fluent / Native Proficiency
52nd Annual Grammy Awards
International Society Of Bassists
Aspen School of Music
San Francisco Jazz Festival
Let Our Student Counselors Help You
We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.