Teaching Experience

CURRENT TEACHING POSITIONS

Brandeis University, Department of Music, Waltham, MA

  • Visiting Instructor, Trombone

 

New England Conservatory of Music, Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, 

Boston, MA, 1999-present

  • Class Instruction in: Jazz Theory, Jazz History, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Composition and Ear Training

  • Private trombone, trumpet and arranging

  • Ensembles

Westwood Public Schools, MA, 2011-present

  • Conduct Instrumental Music Lessons and Ensembles

  • Massachusetts Teacher Licensure (K-12 Music), Professional Licensure

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PREVIOUS TEACHING POSITIONS

 

Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, 2006-2007

  • Taught Brass Methods Course to Music Education majors

  • Conducted private lessons to Trombone Performance majors

 

New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, 2003-2004

  • Faculty, Contemporary Improvisation Department

  • Ensemble Director – Memphis Ensemble

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ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

            

 

Prodigy Program Coordinator, Westwood Public Schools, MA, 2017-2020

  • Coordinated an after-school music lesson program for approximately 350 students

  • Managed a staff of 27 professional musician/teachers

  • Performed all administrative aspects of the program, including student recruitment, class/lesson registration and accounting, website design, hiring new staff, processing payroll, and scheduling

Books and Publications

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Spotlight on Slide Hampton: 11 Solo Transcriptions with Analysis and Exercises forAdditional Practice.  Brass Wheel Music, 2010

The Real Jazz Method, Building Blocks of the Jazz Vocabulary. 81-page E-Book and Online Course, 2015. Previously available at www.learnjazzfaster.com

PROFESSIONAL ARTICLES
(Selected Listing)

Awakening Joy Through Jazz Studies, Huffington Post, November, 2016

 

Developing Musicianship Through Transcription, Massachusetts Music News (MMEA), Summer 2015

 

Stepping Into Your Arranging Shoes: Basic Writing Techniques for Student Jazz Combo, Massachusetts Music News (MMEA), Winter 2015

 

Fostering Listening Skills in the Digital Era, Massachusetts Music News (MMEA), Summer 2014

 

Ran Blake and the “Primacy of the Ear,” Massachusetts Music News (MMEA), Winter 2012

 

Jazz as an Educational “Superfood” : Reconfirming the Intrinsic Value of Jazz In Education, 

Massachusetts Music News (MMEA), Summer 2012

 

“The Trombone in Ethiopian Music,” International Trombone Association Journal, October 2004

 

SELECTED CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS

Past Topics (selected list):

  • Guest Artist, Trombone and Compositions/Arrangements

  • Improvisation Topics

  • Trombone Section Coaching

  • Jazz Rehearsal Techniques (for educators)

  • Jazz Appreciation and Listening Skills

  • Ethiopian Music

 

Universities​

  • UMASS Amherst, MA

  • Lasell University, MA

  • Keene State University, Keene, VT

  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

  • Penn State University, State College, PA

  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

  • Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

  • Black Hawk College, Moline, IL

  • Webster University, St. Louis, MO

 

High Schools

  • Ames High School, Ames, IA

  • Pentucket Regional High School, MA

  • Newton North High School, MA

  • Westwood High School, MA

  • Marshfield High School, MA

  • Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, MA

 

International

  • Yared Music School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • National Theater, Kampala, Uganda

  • Yaroslavl City Jazz Center, Yaroslavl, Russia

 

Conferences

  • Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Conference

 

Student Achievements

Colleges Attended (Former Private NEC Prep/SCE Students)

  • Julliard School

  • New England Conservatory

  • Berklee College of Music

  • Oberlin Conservatory

  • University of Miami

  • Columbia University

  • Tufts University

  • Harvard University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Former Students Now Pursuing Careers in Music