I’ve been teaching music full time since graduating from Cornish College in 2006. I’ve taught bass, guitar, music theory, composition, and music production at all levels from beginner though college. I am also an active performer and composer, performing locally as well as nationally with a wide variety of artists and bands. As a composer and player, I lean towards the jazz side of things, but enjoy playing and teaching all styles.
I find music education to be valuable because it teaches a skillset that leads to the development of individuals as well as communities. In addition to the sense of accomplishment a person gets from progressing musically, the final goal usually includes a performance either for or with other people. While a student gets the fun, challenges, discipline, and excitement from the learning process, the final goal is almost always community oriented.
Music Education History
Bachelor of Arts in Bass Performance – Cornish College of the Arts
I began playing alto saxophone in the 4th grade when I started taking private lessons from my neighbor and family friend. I joined my school band program in the 5th grade and added electric bass to my practice schedule. I played sax in marching band and jazz band throughout middle school and high school as well as bass guitar in the school jazz choir. I also took bass lessons throughout high school and joined the local community college jazz program through the WA state running start program my junior and senior year. After graduating high school, I attended Cornish College of the Arts where I studied music composition and bass performance.
After graduating from Cornish in 2006, I began teaching bass, guitar, piano and banjo at a local music store while I played in bands and built up my music career. I averaged 30-40 students a week, several of whom I still teach today. In 2011 I was offered a job teaching music theory at Cornish College, I accepted and have been teaching there ever since. I also direct a high school Jazz band in the mornings and teach several classes at Bellevue College, mostly guitar and music theory related classes. I still maintain a handful of private students, do workshops and clinics, summer programs, and publish online teaching curriculum.
Headlining the UC Greely Jazz festival with “Groove for Thought”
Playing the George Amphitheater with the “Total Experience Gospel Choir”
Releasing 10 bass/voice duo videos averaging 40K views per video on Facebook with Amanda Taylor in 2016
Touring the US, Japan, South Korea, and Canada with the Total Experience Gospel Choir and other jazz groups.
Keeping a working relationship with several big names in the Latin/Brazilian jazz world including Jovino Santos-Neto, Dani Gurgel, and Carlos Cascante