B.M. in Music Performance: Instrumental from Western Michigan University, M.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of Michigan, M.M. in Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University (sp’23)
12 years teaching private lessons, group rhythm and percussion classes and chamber ensembles
What do students need to bring to their first lesson?
Something they’re confident in playing (song, band/orchestra music, exercise/etudes, etc.) and something they’re currently working on or struggling with.
The intro lesson will be identifying my opinions on areas of strength and growth for each individual student, and how that aligns with their personal goals for taking private lessons. 4-lesson intro package will start the same, but we will mark out what specific progress we (the student, family and myself) want to see quicker progression on given the smaller lesson total.
Accessories needed by each student include an apparatus to soak the reed, seat strap, instrument swabs. Materials outside of school and solo repertoire will be provided virtually, so a printer at home would be another good resource.
30-60 minute weekly lessons are recommended. I strive to have students commit to a regular practicing regiment. This will vary student to student based on individual goals, practice history, and abilities. At minimum, I ask students to have an intentional practice session 4/7 days of the week outside of rehearsal and lessons.