As an educator I have 5 years of experience teaching music performance and composition, and tutoring in related subjects. I have taught independently, at Yale University, through private music organizations, and through the Cleveland Institute of Music. My aim as an educator is to assist students in the assessment of their goals and to provide them with the tools needed to achieve them. I encourage my students to relate musical subjects to broader subjects of history and their own personal in... [more]
My educational background as a composer, which includes an advanced degree in music, required me to take a number of courses and examinations in ear training. In addition to the various placement and graduation tests, I have taken courses in sight-singing, and harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic dictation. My work as a composer requires me to utilize ear training skills on a daily basis.
My extensive education as a composer (B.M. Cleveland Institute of Music 2013, M.M. Yale School of Music 2015) has given me strong knowledge of general music. I am proficient in all clefs, ranges and techniques of all instruments and their transpositions, arrangement, orchestration, computer music techniques, history, theory, keyboard skills, ear training, and analysis. I have learned these skills through general and applied music courses, as well as professional work in the field.
I have performed as a guitarist for 13 years. I have studied classical guitar with Erik Mann and Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I have performed jazz and world music alongside legends such as Jamey Haddad and Alon Yavnai. Other styles performed include Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Funk, and Soul.
As a trained and professionally working composer, I plan my work on the piano. I have taken piano lessons for 7 years and am capable of teaching beginning classical piano technique up to intermediate piano for adults wishing to learn popular music. My background also includes keyboard skills that can allow a student to gain understanding of aspects of music theory at the keyboard.