Degree(s): MA Music Theory, Penn State University, 2013
MM Wind Conducting, Penn State University, 2010
BS Music Education, Penn State University, 2005
Current Employment/Employer(s): Bangor Area School District (PA)
Former Employment/Employer(s): Bald Eagle Area School District (PA)
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: The Allentown Band (Allentown, PA)
Advice for Current Students: No matter how frustrating, overwhelming, or menial they may seem, mastering the fundamentals will always benefit you in the long run. Learn your scales, all of them. Learn your thirds, and fourths, and fifths, and chromatics. Listen A LOT, to everything. Listen to saxophone music. Listen to non-saxophone music. Listen to Jazz. Listen to non-Jazz. Listen to vocalists. Sing in a choir. Be a complete musician. Learn the history of music, and the saxophone. Play in small ensembles. Try new things. Take risks. Trust your teacher. Enjoy what you are doing.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? For a long time, I found the time to play outside of teaching. Specifically, I performed with a strong community concert band. Now, I am lucky to find the time to play in school with my students. Always, make time in your day to play. Get up early or stay up late. Give up an hour of something else in order to make it happen. Take gigs and plan recitals if you have to in order to have motivation. Playing is what makes us know what to say in order to make our students play better.