I am very fortunate to hold a full-time tenure-track position at James Madison University in the beautiful bluestone area of the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A public school with nearly 20,000 undergraduates and a 2017 National FCS Championship, the music program at JMU offers an innovative concentration in Music Industry as well as traditional Music Performance, Music Education, and Jazz. Competitive yet generous graduate stipends are currently available for MM and DMA. I also welcome gifted JMU non-music majors, hold a private studio of intermediate and advanced high school students from around the Mid-Atlantic, offer extended sessions with students from far and wide, and often work with aspiring young musicians when I am on the road.
Studying Music in the 21st Century:
I believe the role of the teacher is to inspire, guide, and focus the energy of the student towards their individual goals as human beings and as artists. The consistent and active 1-on-1 mentorship through music lessons and the personal accountability essential to developing a career in the field of music lead to unmatched life lessons elsewhere within the traditional school or university models; and the supportive and fun community at James Madison University is a wonderful synthesis of the modern liberal arts education with robust student life and a progressive art school with a lively music scene.
With an undergraduate degree in music theory/cognition from Northwestern and a MM/DMA in performance from Yale, I believe in a well-rounded and holistic musical education which integrates entrepreneurship, analysis, score study, improvisation, cognition, and social and historical context into my teaching and playing. Effective technique is a means to communicate composition. I also have a passion for collaborative piano, jazz and continuo-keyboard playing, and I often accompany my students in lessons and recitals, borrowing techniques that I’ve observed in vocal coachings and from theater directors.
During the summer, I serve on faculty at a few bass workshops and festivals:
Juilliard Summer Strings in Shanghai. Shanghai, China (July 1-13)
Peabody Bass Works. Baltimore, MD (July 21-28)
Heifetz Institute Inaugural Bass Workshop. Staunton, VA (July 29-August 9)
Clinics and Masterclasses:
I’ve given masterclasses and clinics across the country at universities such as University of Arizona, Baylor University, Kansas University, Penn State University, and SUNY Fredonia.
In 2017, I gave a lecture and recital on the foundations of my Concerto after Haydn at the Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium. Haydn [Re]Creation is a clinic on 18th century composition and cadenza-writing (after my dissertation, The Cadenza Question) as it relates to the beauty of musical patterns, interpretation of bass lines, historical modes of improvisation, and Ms. Pac-Man.
The lecture is aimed at tooling the audience with the basic formulas of historically-informed composition and concludes with an on-the-spot group creation of a cadenza. The clinic can also serve as a pre-concert lecture before a performance of the Concerto after Haydn.
For inquires about lessons, clinics, and masterclasses, please use the Contact Form.