My teaching method is unique to every student. Seeing someone where they are is so important to starting a relationship with a student, and a challenge that I have personally suffered from through my musical career has been not being able to connect with teachers in a meaningful way. My goal as a teacher is first and foremost to making sure the student is seen and set up to succeed from where they are. Working with anyone in a musical context requires listening and adaptability, and a hard-fast method-based education in my opinion alienates the true relationship which is so important to have with anyone you work with musically. So I attempt to challenge each and every student to do however much they can to succeed in whatever way is most meaningful to them. Whether that is preparing for an orchestral audition or simply playing a roll on the snare drum, success and forward movement starts with listening and working on an individually adaptive basis with students.
I have cultivated my musical career all my life, with an emphasis on performing and composing music that challenges common thought and practice.
I have played piano in many musical ensembles throughout the past few years, including the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and my own ensemble competing in the WMEA Solo/Ensemble Competition, for which we received a 1 rating. I have worked professionally as an accompanist with groups across the state including Garfield High School’s various musical ensembles and various applicants to conservatories and universities across the country on audition tapes. I am also an accomplished percussionist, and have had principal and secondary roles in a great many ensembles statewide, including not only each of the five Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras but the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Ballard Civic Orchestra, and Tacoma Opera Orchestra. In 2019, I toured Europe with the North Stars Chamber Orchestra as principal percussionist. I both perform and teach professionally in the seattle area in addition to being a student.
Not only a statewide-recognized performer, I am as a composer as well. I have published works for everything from solo instruments to symphony orchestra across classical, rock, funk, and American roots styles. My 2018 work “String Quartet” was a winning work in its division for the WSMTA Annual Composition Competition, and his other works have scored placing positions in the Simon-Fiset Youth Composition Competition and the BMI Student Composer Awards Competition.
In my teaching experience, I have helped students from elementary school age to advanced high school percussionists achieve various goals from beginner levels of competency to successful auditions into the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and other high-level ensembles. I have worked with local organizations such as Seattle Music Partners and seen students grow their horizons from there to places far beyond. Teaching is without a doubt the most fulfilling thing I have ever done in my life, and I hope to continue reaching people with a long-reaching career in public music education going forward.
I came to Sean knowing nothing about percussion except that it is cool. He taught me all the basics in terms of technique while also teaching me more advanced things to keep in mind, such as being on the front of the beat and listening to how I'm blending with the orchestra. He was very good at explaining concepts (especially stick grips) and had multiple ways of explaining them to me if I didn't understand right away. He held me to a high standard, making me advance much further and faster than I ever would have thought possible. He made me feel good about my playing and my progress, and even reached out (and still does!) when there is an opportunity to play in the community that he thinks I would succeed in. Sean is a wonderful teacher, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to begin playing percussion or to improve their skills.
Sean was my mentor in my first two years of high school. As leader of a three man section which was used by multiple ensembles, Sean shouldered an enormous burden in the organization and execution of our gigs. In addition, he was able to teach me more in a month or so than my 3 previous years as a percussionist had. Sean has an vast skill set and spared nothing in order to provide me with his knowledge.
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