Hello! I am a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and teacher. I received my Bachelors in Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Jazz Saxophone Performance. I studied with the great Gary Thomas and Michael Formanek.
I perform throughout the world with jazz groups and indie bands and do a lot of recording work. I am based in Baltimore, Maryland where I teach private lessons and classes in Baltimore City Public Schools.
I teach about 15-20 lessons privately every week. Ages range from 9 - 45. I teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophonists and clarinetists.
Some notable performances over the past couple years:
-Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
-Luce Foundation at Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
-Meyerhof Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD)
-Duke University (Durham, NC)
-Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY)
-Bucareli 69 (Mexico City, Mexico)
-Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, GA)
-Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington, VT)
-Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, QC)
-Zaal 100 (Amsterdam, NL)
-Huichica Festival (Pine Plains, NY)
I foster the ability of my students with methods that consider the needs of each student individually. The content covered in the lessons is always chosen for a practical musical application, with an emphasis on feeling, enjoying, understanding, and loving music.
I draw my curriculum from a wide variety of musical genres and styles, guiding students through a gradual progression of materials that increase in difficulty and simultaneously incorporate earlier techniques. I focus on many aspects of saxophone/clarinet and music, including technique, note reading and comprehension, rhythmic development, music theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, musical interpretation, and performance.
For beginners (kids/teens)
Essential Elements books
For beginners (adults)
For beginner/intermediate saxophonists:
25 Daily Excercises for the Saxophone (H Klose)
For intermediate clarinetists:
32 Etudes for Clarinet (C Rose)
For jazz saxophonists:
Patterns for Jazz (Jerry Coker)
Jamey Abersold books/cds
Charlie Parker Omnibook
Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns (Yusef Lateef)
Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns (Nicolas Slonimsky)