Education: Master’s degree in music of jazz performance and pedagogy from University of Missouri
Describe Your Classes: Private instruction that incorporates a blend of music theory, music history, and technical fundamentals as well as the students’ interests
Most Important Learning Lesson: How to learn. Learning doesn’t stop when you get a degree. There is at least one situation a day you can learn from. How to learn. Learning doesn’t stop when you get a degree. There is at least one situation a day you can learn from.
Most Rewarding Professional Experience: Making the record “Turning Blind Eyes” with Austin Jones and the Bootheel Boys
First Impression of Westminster: A community steeped in a rich history that is looking to its future.
Reason for Teaching: Originally it was to deepen my own knowledge and ability in playing—you don’t really know something until you can teach it. While this is still part of it today, I value the relationships that are built as well as the opportunity to help people discover the music they love.
Favorite quote: “Beautiful thing about learning is no one can take it away from you.”
Book Everyone Should Read: Ender’s Game—Learning to trust other’s abilities is vital.