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Experience


For more than 12 years I have had the privilege of teaching music to students of diverse ages, levels of experience, and backgrounds.  As a conductor and educator I have worked in private studios, schools of music, public classrooms, and orchestra halls; with material ranging from early childhood music to tonal theory, and solo guitar repertoire to symphonic and operatic masterworks.  My private students have been invited to regional music festivals and offered admission to the Oberlin and San Francisco conservatories.  I served as Assistant Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra for two seasons, and I now conduct the Campus Maroon, Gold, and String Orchestras at the University of Minnesota, where I am also an Assistant Conductor for University Symphony Orchestra and University Opera Theater.



Philosophy


Mastering music performance requires more than practice - it requires the integration of mental, aural, and physical comprehension. That is to say, the student must understand where the music comes from and how is built, be able to hear it internally, and be able to sing and play it with accuracy and expression.  No one element stands alone - all are interdependent.  Additionally, in an ensemble setting, students must learn to listen and lead simultaneously, from whatever chair they occupy. In this way, the study of music also encourages cognitive development, the ability to listen and communicate effectively, cultural awareness, and an intuitive understanding of what it means to be part of a community.


Application


With this philosophy in mind, I emphasize disciplined practice, technical exercise, listening, the ability to sing what we play, an understanding of music theory and history as it relates to the student’s repertoire, regular performance, and the involvement of parents and peers in the learning process. 

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