Photo by Jeff Dunn

Photo by Jeff Dunn

Teaching Philosophy

Music facilitates a deep understanding and communion that often reaches beyond what language can express. It brings people from diverse backgrounds together in ways unique among all disciplines. It can impart happiness and peace to those it touches, and help its practitioners and listeners to realize humanity's most fundamental, universal aspects.

In juxtaposition, music is also a singularly personal art form, in which those who pursue it joyfully seek a voice of their own among a sea of other artists. In effect, the idea of teaching each individual to their set of needs is especially pertinent in music education.

This is where private teaching comes in. As a private teacher, I am able to assess the skills and needs of each student, equipping me to catalyze growth and learning, as well as enjoyment in the learning process. My ultimate goal as an educator is for my students to possess the knowledge to use music as a valid means of communication and expression, without inhibition.

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I teach lessons through McCourt's Music at their Berkley location. I teach saxophone for all ages and levels of experience, as well as jazz improvisation for any instrument. Lessons are usually a half hour or an hour long, and students will be expected to prepare and arrive on time for each lesson.

I am also available to give clinics or sectionals at schools. Please contact for rates and details.