I am a classically trained double bassist that has a bachelor's degree in music performance and music education. I have experience performing in symphony orchestras, chamber music settings, contemporary music ensembles, and solo recitals. Some stages I have performed in for orchestral settings include The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and Thayer Hall of the Colburn School.
I have also acquired my K-12 Music Single Subject Teaching Credential from California. Schools I have taught at over the years include George Washington Carver Elementary School, John Muir K-8 School, Emerson Elementary School, Oropeza Elementary School, Franklin Classical Middle School, Granada Middle School, Rogers Middle School, Los Alamitos High School, and Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
I have experience teaching in large music class settings, coaching individual instrument sections, and individual private lessons with ages ranging from preschool to retirees.
I firmly believe that my students are the leaders in our lesson. I have students communicate their goals to me so I give them the tools and resources to reach their specific goals. I want to empower my students to explore music and feel confidence in doing so.
In my lessons, I like to provide my students with aural and visual examples by playing for them and writing notes in their music. After that, I give my students a chance to explore whatever new concept was introduced by having them play until they get it right. I always make sure that my students leave lessons feeling accomplished in the new skill we go over.
For beginning students, I teach out of a method book in order for them to understand the fundamentals of playing. On top of the method book, I also have students learn beginning solo repertoire in order to give students the opportunity to creatively express their musicality.
For my intermediate and advanced students, I teach them repertoire that takes place in an orchestral and solo setting. This gives students an opportunity to look over materials that professional bassists play in their career. By following this approach, it helps students further their current skill set and help them achieve playing more difficult music.
If students come into the lesson wanting to learn a specific piece or song, I am more than happy to teach them that music on top of the other materials we cover.