- Ear Training
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
My fundamental belief is that anyone can, and should, learn to play music. I think it enriches every part of our lives and provides value not just to ourselves but to society at large. For this reason I approach teaching with an open and easy going attitude, I want everyone to feel welcome and supported. I tailor each lesson to the specific needs, desires, and learning styles of my students and I take great care in addressing specific areas of improvement while reinforcing strengths. I think anybody can achieve a level of musical performance that is personally fulfilling and I incorporate strategies to cultivate an independent and self directed attitude in all my students.
I have an Honours BFA in jazz saxophone performance from York University in Toronto. I studied saxophone with Kelly Jefferson and Tara Davidson, composition with Barry Elmes, and ensemble performance with Jim Vivian, Artie Roth, and Mike Cado. I have since studied privately with New York based musicians Evan Arntzen (Clarinet) and Kirk Knuffke (Cornet). In high school I participated in a co-op placement teaching elementary school music from kindergarten to grade 8 teaching Orff, recorders, and concert band. I also spent a year playing baritone saxophone and bass clarinet in the Toronto All-Star Big Band which gave me the opportunity to tour across southern Ontario and perform at the TD Beaches Jazz Festive, Flato Markham Theatre, the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, and others. In 2019 I was selected to be a part of the TD Jazz Festival's Youth Musician Intensive where I rehearsed and performed on the main stage of the festival alongside 7 other young musicians under the direction of pianist Nancy Walker.
Sorbara Award in Music - York University 2019
Oscar Peterson Scholarship - York University 2019
Sterling Beckwith Award - York University 2019
TD Toronto Jazz Festival Jazz Musician Intensive Program - 2019
Harvey - Marsden Music Award - 2020
I grew up playing guitar, bass, and mandolin in a variety of rock, blues, folk, and country bands. I learned to write songs with my friends and collaborated to put on concerts and battle of the bands. I think music can and should serve personal, communal, and professional roles and thus I am open to and strongly encourage a variety of motivations for seeking private music lessons.
30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00
There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable
NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher