Current cello performance major at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. ~ Online lessons ~ Based in Colorado and Illinois
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Music expresses when words cannot. Playing cello is a form of storytelling, we use both positive and negative experiences in life and pour our personalities into the music. It requires us to be vulnerable but in the end it brings us closer to those around us.
~Principal Cellist of the 2019 Colorado All-State Symphonic Orchestra.
~Co-Principal cellist of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.
~Winner of the 2019 Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concerto Competition.
~Performed in various locations around the world such as: The Sydney Opera House in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, as well as around the US.
Excellent! Good experience. The lesson went very well today.
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Jay is a dedicated musician who genuinely wishes to help others become better musicians by sharing his musical knowledge. He consistently does his part so that he can contribute to other’s musical journeys.
I have worked with Jay many times, and in addition to being an accomplished and passionate musician, he is an exceptionally understanding, patient, and accepting person. I have no doubt that he will be immensely successful as a teacher and that his students will enjoy working with him.
I worked with Jay in an orchestral setting, and he is both a wonderful musician and leader/mentor. Highly trusted by his superiors and loved by his peers, Jay is an undoubtedly incredible musician to work with. You would be lucky to study with him.
I know Jay from our extensive time playing in orchestras, string quartets, and gigging together, and I can wholeheartedly recommend him as a teacher. By working with Jay, one has the opportunity to receive a well-rounded education in cello playing. Not only does he have a strong technical skill set, but he also has a fabulous innate musicality that makes his teaching deeper than just technical suggestions. He is a very enthusiastic musician and teacher that any cellist would benefit from working with and cannot recommend him enough.
Jay is a good friend of mine and I believe that he is 100% a trustworthy teacher! He plays beautifully the times I have heard him say in the church worship band. He is very passionate about his music and passionate about sharing his gift with others! Jay for a fact will give his all for whoever he teaches and wants only what's best for others and wants to see his students succeed to their full potential!
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I have always loved and been passionate about my music, but several moments in particular hold a place in my heart. Beginning in 2016, I have traveled internationally with my symphony multiple times. I have seen first hand how music brings people together. Regardless of the language barrier, cultural differences, or geographic location, music is a part of life all around the globe. On top of this, participating in quartets and other small ensembles has created a second family for me. The bond of a chamber ensemble, to me, is one of the strongest bonds I have ever known. So my passion for music comes from bringing people, including myself, together in harmony.
I am a huge fan of jazz. There was a time in my life when I would just sit and listen to jazz for hours upon hours a day. The little details and complex rhythms have always caught my attention. In a lot of jazz styles, it is encouraged to let the music take control and this gives the performers the freedom to play what they feel. I think this provides opportunities for great, authentic music to be created.
The music world itself is challenging. The competition tends to be cutthroat and a lot of times the road can be lonely; but I would have to say the most riveting course is solo performance. The music can be extraordinarily difficult. The competition seems impossible at times. It requires an immense amount of hours practicing alone with little opportunity to perform. It takes dedication to the craft and the grit to power through the people who say that you will never be good enough.
Every instrument has its challenges. Air control, vibrato speed, foot pedals, thumb position, reading in multiple clefs; these all factor into the difficulty of an instrument. Personally, I would say an instrument that would be very complicated to learn is the organ. Not only does it require independence between right and left hands, but also feet at the same time. It requires the ability to read multiple lines of music at once as well as having knowledge about the instrument and how to correctly make each note sound to the intention of the performer.
Success means something different to everyone. Most people say that hard work leads to success, and while that is very true, success is a lot more than that. Being a successful musician is treating everyone with respect. Being a successful musician is being your true self and pouring your personality and passion into the music. Being successful takes humility and the ability to admit when a mistake is made. Success is not measured by the amount of fame or money being acquired, but how we move other people and make the world a better place by bringing people together.
It is very difficult to limit this list to three people, but the three musicians I dream of meeting in my favourite bar in the early hours of the morning would be...
A) Wynton Marsalis - Besides being a trumpet and jazz legend. Marsalis is one of the most kind, humble and passionate musicians today. He has so much knowledge about the music he performs and has multiple programs around the world working with kids to help them better understand the art of music.
B) Eva Noblezada - Eva is a broadway icon and is very popular from her role on the original cast of Hadestown. However, I think her best work was her role as Kim in Claude-Michel Schonberg's Miss Saigon. Eva pours her heart and soul into her part, capturing the attention of anyone who hears.
C) Edgar Moreau - This extremely young cellist was just 17 years old when he claimed the second prize of the world-renowned Tchaikovsky Competition. He had won other prestigious awards and competitions and was performing with major orchestras at the age of just 11 years old.
Sometimes in music school, we commit to projects that we shouldn't. This year, my quartet made a commitment to record a piece without realizing how difficult it was. We underestimated the amount of time if required and ended up spending about 6 hours setting up, recording, and editing the video. But in the end, the project brought us all closer together and we have some good memories despite the challenging situation.
I am dedicated to the students that I teach. I approach each lesson with patience, kindness, and acceptance. I am very passionate about music and like to create bonds with each student. I love to imagine a story or image of each piece we work on, and help each person to pour their personality and specific style into their work.
Learning the cello is an investment, and it is one I strive to make worth your while by making lessons an enjoyable and...
I’m a person who is reliable and hard-working. If my students want to learn the cello for fun, it’s okay because keeping...
My teaching has a strong emphasis on technique. This means good setup, control of the bow, and playing without tension. At...
I believe in personalized learning! Every student is just a little bit different. Everyone has their own way of learning,...
The teaching material depends on what level of performing they are currently playing. If they are college lever/advanced or...
My teaching approach focuses on finding where my students struggle and try to help them realize it so they know how to work...
I adjust my teaching depending on the student and their unique needs, learning style, and interests! I have taught students...
My teaching method is based on ensuring that all students are engaged and attentive throughout the lesson, and are also...
My teaching method is (as one of my own professors was always telling me) practice, practice and practice! Each one of my...
Music is similar to languages in that we learn it best by experiencing it! This means that the playing and creating is...
My teaching method is going step by step with cello basics with the student and aiding them whereever we are having trouble....
My method of teaching is more towards having my students already having a basic understanding of music and repertoire. I...
My teaching method is hard work and positivity! I firmly believe there should be no limits to what you have the ability to...
My teaching method is always student based. Every students' strengths and weaknessess differ so I create individualized...
I can teach students at a beginner through intermediate level. I can assist in learning how to read music notation as well...
I use the Suzuki Method with the student's input. It's vital to let the student help select some of the music they are...
I teach entirely based on the learning style on the individual. If a student needs to move around, I will build the lesson...
Every week, the student is assigned multiple tasks to complete by the next lesson. At the beginning of the lesson, I ask...
My lessons are musically inspiring, thought-provoking, and challenging with a laid-back approach. Your musical interests...
Each individual student is assessed on their first day with me through an introductory lesson that helps me to gauge their...
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