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I am a professional Flute player, Film and Video Game composer who recently graduated from Berklee College of Music. Music is my passion and I look forward helping you achieve your goals, whether that is to become a professional player or simply to have fun playing the flute. To me, music is about expression and emotion, it helps us feel. I believe music is of unmeasured value regardless of the goal and its greatest beauty is that no one can take it away from you but you can give everything you are with it.

As a kid I had the honor to have tremendous opportunities and exposition as a Jazz player and as an improviser. I played at the Heineken Jazz fest on 2006 with Nestor Torres and in 2007 with Dave Valentin. I've been improvising ever since I started playing the flute when I was eleven years old and I can assure you that If you want to become a better improviser, this is my area of expertise. I would love to help you. Improvising not only is a beautiful aspect of music but it's also a place to find unique textures and that only the flute can make.

As a classical player, I had the privilege of playing with Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions. And perhaps one the most incredible experiences I had was to play for internationally renowned conductor and pianist, Daniel Barenboim, at his reception at La Fortaleza on 2007.

More recently, I was awarded the Berklee College of Music on Tour Scholarship on 2014 and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Tuition Assistance Award in 2015.Recently, I wanted to expand upon what music means to me and what I could create, so I majored in Composition for Film and Videogames since both have also been a passion of mine.

I believe that everything in music is connected. Players are composers as much as composers should be players. Music is all abut expression and emotion, it transcends thought and brings life to common experiences. Every note and every moment can the make the difference between making us else feel moved by a piece of music or not, and that alone is wonderful to me. I look forward to develop your skills as flute player but most importantly, to help you find through music the joy that is to create through sound, the force that makes people feel.

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  • Speaks english, spanish
  • Teaches students 10 and up

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

To me, music is all about personal expression and individuality. I want my students to seek and find what makes music special to them and pursue it. Whatever my students goal is, I can adapt to each of their unique needs and to create a curriculum that works best for them.

There are two main approaches to my teaching philosophy. One of these is professionally oriented while the other is experimental/hobbyist. I prepare my students to be able to master the unique techniques, interpretation and professional aspects that is expected in a professional setting such as auditioning for a classical music job opportunity, recording session musician, solo performer, jazz or popular music ensemble.

I also value and understand the desire to simply play the flute for fun and provide a more open/experimental approach to my teaching where I expose the student to potentially interesting things for them and go from there.

Here are some of the topics than can be covered:

-Fundamental flute techniques: posture, embouchure, intonation, articulation and dynamics, note positions and alternate note positions and vibrato.

-Reading/Music Notation

-Music theory: scales/modes, chords (optional), functional harmony and principles of composition.

-Interpretation: I can approach this in many ways. I can teach students the style of great improvisers of the past or allow them to develop their own voice depending on their interest. Both approaches can be mixed and matched.



Film scoring and Video Game Scoring
Sep 2015 - May 2019

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Tuiton Assistance Award
Sep 2015

Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

Berklee on Tour Scholarship
Apr 2014

Berklee College of Music

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