a private teacher of woodwinds and jazz improvisation I feel it is important to
practice deep listening methods to understand where a student is coming from,
what their knowledge base is and how to best enable them with the ability to
learn and grow as students. I do not
believe in the traditional hierarchical teaching method of a teacher dictates
and a student listens. I believe
learning happens better in a relaxed and fun atmosphere where two-way
communication that is based on discussion, research and reflection leads to a
better understanding of the topics presented.
This is a teaching philosophy based on empathetic human relations.
Students have been accepted into music programs at; Humber College, University of Toronto, York University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Berkley College among others.
Master of Arts in
Community Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2015
Bachelor of Music
Jazz Studies, Humber College/British Columbia Open University, 2005
Diploma of Music
Jazz Performance, Humber College, Toronto, 2002
Mathematics, University of Waterloo, 1996
Music Ensemble, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2016-17
19 years private
instruction on woodwinds and jazz improvisation
Saxophone and Jazz
Improvisation clinician in music festivals, classrooms and retreats across Ontario