For all beginners, I start off with basics. I like to use the Rubank Beginner (or intermediate) book along with weekly scales. A well rounded musical foundation is important, so I make sure to balance classical training with ear training assignments that get the student to listen critically to music they're passionate about. I believe that students need to own their music education, so over time, I gradually start to incorporate their interests into weekly assignments. This looks like figuring out a song they like on their instrument. I have found this technique can really ignite a healthy passion for music.
I am a professional musician with 20 years of performing experience and nearly 15 years of teaching experience. I have a masters in saxophone performance and bachelors in music education. My past students have achieved San Diego Honors Band, New Mexico All-state band, and top marks for the ABSRM (the British
Master of Music: Saxophone Performance December, 2010
New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM
Bachelor of Arts: Saxophone Performance May, 2007
Bachelor of Music Education
The College of Wooster - Wooster, OH
Faculty, Department of Music - San Jacinto College, Houston, TX (August 2015 – May 2017)
o Courses taught: Music Theory I, II and III; Ear Training I, II, and III; American Popular Music
o Established Wind Ensemble and prepared students for public concert
o Established weekly music classes with campus day care
College Instructor Music Department - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (January 2011 – May 2012),
Graduate Assistant (August 2009 – December 2010)
o Courses taught: Music Theory III and IV, Ear Training I, and Jazz Improvisation
o Planned and implemented daily lessons
Private Music Instructor (Spring 2004 – Present)
o Provide individualized one-on-one coaching to beginning through advanced students
o Woodwind specialist at the British International School of Houston
o Past students have made San Diego Honor Band, New Mexico All State, NM All State Jazz, and received top marks for the Associated British Royal Schools of Music
Music Teacher, Prelude Music, Houston, TX (Fall 2015 – Spring 2017)
o Facilitated weekly family music classes based on the Music Together curriculum
o Researched and practiced new activities and songs week to week.
Music Teacher, Beth Yeshurun Day School, Houston, TX (September 2012 – May 2015)
o Trained ages 3-5 in Solfege with the Curwin hand signs and basic ear training techniques
o Instructed ages 2-5 in age appropriate music and games, such as Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Old MacDonald, and The Wheels on the Bus
o Led services for ages 2-5 every Shabbat
Cantorial Soloist, Various Congregations, San Diego, CA and Houston, TX (Fall 2012 – Present)
o Lead congregations of 30 to 200 in Jewish worship songs with Voice and Guitar
o Monthly services at Congregation Beth Israel, Beth El, Emanu El, Temple Sinai, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, and others.
Horn Section, Bayou City Funk Horn section (Fall 2014 – May 2017)
o Recorded and edited tracks for album release
o Performed in select venues around the Houston area
o Worked in conjunction with other musicians writing music for performance
Songleader, Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, TX (Summers 2012, 2013, 2014)
o Designed and lead song sessions and services, with digital visual content, for ages 8-15
o Performed with guitar, saxophone, and flute
Bob Burns and the Mike Caranda Big Band, Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX (October 2008 –
o Perform Big Band standards from the 1930s and 40s
o Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces, NM (January 2012)
o Performed in annual Pops Concert on tenor saxophone
o Played on five tunes: Jersey Boys Medley, Proud Mary, You Can’t Stop The Beat,
Chess Anthem, Aquarius
Oldies But Goodies, Las Cruces, NM, (May 2011 – May 2012)
o Performed Doo-Wop hits from the 1950s and 1960s
o Transcribed and performed saxophone solos from original recordings
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