Thanks for visiting my web site. I am dedicated to providing the highest level of music instruction, guidance, commitment and support available and I am eager to assist you in developing your musical talents.
I began teaching in 1998 in my home town on the north side of Indianapolis, Indiana. At that time I was working with a handful of beginning piano students to help them develop basic musical competency and a willingness to learn. Shortly thereafter, I began studying music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It was there that I really began to immerse myself in music, studying advanced classical piano repertoire and music theory and later finding my way to what would become my passion… jazz piano. I began studying advanced harmony and improvisation with Frank Puzzullo, associate professor of jazz at Ball State. By the end of my time at Ball State, I was a member of the top University Jazz Ensemble and performing regularly, including frequently filling in for Mr. Puzzullo at Vera Mae’s Bistro in Muncie.
Also during my time at Ball State, I continued teaching more students of all ages and abilities. I found that as I continued to develop musically, I became better equipped to teach and inspire my students. I became very aware of my own struggles and successes and how to reflect that wisdom onto my students. I began to realize the importance of helping each student find their own individual path to success, and seeking to really understand each student’s learning style helping them to recognize and understand how they learn so that they could become better students of themselves.
After completing my bachelor’s degree at Ball State, I moved to Dekalb, Illinois to begin working on my master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. My program of study at Northern Illinois included music theory, arranging, aural skills, music literature, pedagogy, music research and music industry. I also studied with the legendary Willie Pickens, an internationally acclaimed artist and teacher who has performed with many jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Marian McPartland, Eddie Harris, Louis Bellson, and Von Freeman. In addition to my schoolwork I continued to perform with several groups in and around the Chicago area and I also spent two semesters teaching for the Northern Illinois University Community School for the Arts.
After completing my Master Of Music degree at NIU in 2007, I moved to Maryland. During my time there I taught music theory classes at the Cultural Academy for Excellence for two years and maintained a private piano studio for four years, meeting each week with over 40 students of all ages and levels.
I believe that as a teacher, I must never stop learning. I continue to be inspired all the time by my students and I genuinely enjoy teaching. I hope that you find my web site to be informative and inspiring and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you and beginning an enriching musical relationship!
P.S. Click here to hear me play a little. Enjoy!