I am a bassoonist with Fillmore Wind Band. I have personally performed at several OMEA Conventions, the Midwest Clinic, and Carnegie Hall. Looking forward to May 2020 where I will perform for my second time at Carnegie Hall with the Fillmore Wind Band. I teach an Summer Rock Band Course in the Centerville Area. On top of my masters education with Dr. David Booth at Wright State University, I attend a conducting symposium once every few years to continually grow my baton skills and education. I have had the opportunity to be dissect my conducting and grow under teachers like Dr. H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Rodney Dorsey and Dr. Michael Haithcock.
Every student deserves to be the best musician they can be. I tailor each lesson to what skills a student needs to focus on, utilizing scales, key appropriate exercises, long tones, and theory to encourage muscle memory and fluidity. I accompany that with a piece that a student chooses to work on to make lessons a well-rounded and enjoyable experience.
My favorite quote is from a poem by Marianne Williamson entitled “Our Deepest Fear”. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us. We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” The poem ends with, “And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.”
Use short, focused practice sessions a few times a day instead of practicing for hours at a time. This allows time for your brain to process material and eases exhaustion on your instrument.
Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Wright State University Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Wright State University