As 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
  • Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, 1996

  • Instructor Community 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 and Quebec