"If you know the Way broadly, you will see it in All Things."
-- Miyamoto Musashi
The above quote from Japanese philosopher, calligrapher, and swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, truly embodies my musical teaching philosophy. The aspiration I hold for each of my students is success. However, the success that each student strives for will be unique to each student. Thus, I teach my students lessons that apply not only to music, but rather the unique skills that command success in any endeavor. Some of these skills are: discipline, hard work, problem solving, and dedication. I teach each of these skills using the trumpet as a vehicle for instruction to teach The Way. Once a student understands The Way, he or she will see it in all things and understand what it takes to be successful in any avenue.
I believe that within EVERY person lies the ability to make great music. As a music educator it is essential to locate and foster the growth of this gift. Studying music is a very individual experience and each student will walk a very different path. Therefore, since no two students are identical a different approach will be custom tailored for each student to maximize his/her personal potential. The greatest joy in teaching music is observing a development and transformation in the student that is not only musical, but intellectual and personal as well.
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Why Take Lessons?
Children that are involved in arts education learn many of the traits that parents wish to instill in their children and heartily demand of their child’s schooling: academic excellence, social and emotional involvement, civic engagement, and equal opportunity. There are myriad studies that speak to the veracity of this claim. It is a well-documented fact that students involved in their community’s arts programs have better math scores, increased cognitive ability and critical thinking skills, as well as heightened verbal skill. These days, young students are often concerned about college entrance and career considerations as early as age 14. The research is clear, if your student is involved in arts education, he or she will have an edge over their peers not enrolled in arts education.
Arts education is not just for young students either! Some of the world’s greatest minds such as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Plato were also life-long musicians and spoke to the benefit of music education.
My Curriculum Vitae:
2008-2013, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, D.M.A., Trumpet Performance 2006-2008, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, M.M., Trumpet Performance
2002-2006, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, B.M., Trumpet Performance
Current Teaching Positions
2017-Present, Artist Affiliate in Trumpet, Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA
Responsibilities include teaching applied trumpet and brass methods. Established the RU Trumpet Ensemble.
Current Performance Positions
2013-Present, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Second Trumpet, Atlanta, GA
2011-Present, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Second Trumpet, Savannah, GA
2010-Present, Principal Solo Cornet, Georgia Brass Band, Atlanta, GA
2008-Present, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Third Trumpet, Augusta, GA
2011- 2017, Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet and Music, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA
Responsibilities included teaching applied trumpet and horn, teaching aural skills, world music, music appreciation and coaching chamber ensembles. Established the YHC Trumpet Consort and YHC Brass Choir. Initiated Young Harris College Trumpet Summit (Festival and recruiting event highlighting the musical opportunities offered at Young Harris College). Increased studio size 400%.
2010-2011, Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, North Greenville University, Tigerville,SC
Responsibilities included teaching applied trumpet, coaching chamber music ensembles, and serving as the assistant conductor of the NGU brass choir. Established the NGU trumpet ensemble.
2010-2014, Trumpet Teaching Artist, Atlanta Music Project, Atlanta, GA
An El Sistema inspired program directed toward at-risk youth in Atlanta’s most underserved communities. I provided music lessons and mentorship using music as a vehicle for social change.
Professional Chamber Experience
2013-Present, Alston Brass Quintet, Atlanta, GA
2012-Present, Atlanta Trumpet League, Atlanta, GA
2011-Present, Il Brasso Magnifico, Atlanta, GA
2010-2012, Pan Harmonia, Award Winning Chamber Group, Asheville, NC
2008-2010, Keowee Chamber Music, Asheville, NC (Summer residencies)
2008-2010, University of South Carolina, Faculty Brass Quintet, Columbia, SC
2006-2010 Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, Louisville, KY
1998-Present, Appalachian Brass Quintet, Asheville, NC
2017, Our Great Lifeboat, Our Great Lifeboat
2015, John Driskell Hopkins and The Atlanta Pops Orchestra, In The Spirit.
2014, Our Great Life Boat, Mind
2012, Mercury Orkestar, Almost Famous... No Awards Yet!
2012, Nicholas Kirk, Lili Marlene EP, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2011, Coy Bowles and The Fellowship, Love Takes Flight on the track Sailing Away 2008, BAS Publishing Company, Promotional Materials.
Honors & Awards
2008, National Trumpet Competition, Historical Trumpet Division, First PlaceWinner of the Reiche Award and Naumann Award for Artistry on Baroque Trumpet.
2007, National Trumpet Competition, 1st Place, Historic Ensemble Division
2007, National Trumpet Competition, Semi-Finalist, Ensemble Division
2002, National Trumpet Competition, Fairfax, VA, Semi-Finalist, Solo Division
Guest Soloist, Masterclasses, & Clinics:
2017, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Kellet Chapel Recital Series, Atlanta, GA
2017, University of North Florida, Masterclass, Jacksonville, FL
2016, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Kellet Chapel Recital Series, Atlanta, GA
2016, Kennesaw State University, Masterclass
2015, Cathedral of All Souls, Cathedral Recital Series, Asheville, NC
2015, International Trumpet Camp, Artist and Clinician, Monterrey, Mexico
2015, Kennesaw State University Brass Blast, Kennesaw, GA
2014, Young Harris College Band, Soloist, Young Harris, GA
2014, Young Harris College Jazz Band, Soloist, Young Harris, GA
2014, Atlanta Trumpet Festival, Artist and Clinician, Atlanta, GA
2014, Albany Summer Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band Camp, Conductor, Albany, CA
2014, Kennesaw State University Brass Blast, Artist and Clinician, Kennesaw, GA
2013, International Trombone Festival, Performer with Georgia Brass Band, Columbus, GA
2013, Great American Brass Band Festival, Performer with Georgia Brass Band, Danville, KY, 2013, Auburn University, Masterclass, Auburn, AL
2013, University of Louisville, Masterclass, Louisville, KY
2012, Young Harris College Band, Soloist, Young Harris, GA2012, Great American Brass Band Festival, Soloist with Central KY Concert Band, Danville, KY
2012, Summer Concert Series, Soloist/Performer with Georgia Brass Band, Middlebury, VT
2012, International Trumpet Guild, Performer with Georgia Brass Band, Columbus, GA
2011, Summer Concert Series, Soloist/Performer with Georgia Brass Band, Middlebury, VT
2011, Albany High School, Albany, CA, Soloist and Masterclass
2011, North Greenville University, Soloist, Tigerville, SC
2010, University of South Carolina, Masterclass, "Better Music Making"
2010, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY, Masterclass, "Better Music Making"
2009, University of South Carolina, Classroom Teaching Workshop, Columbia, SC
2008, Orvieto Musica: Trumpet Festival, Performer, Orvieto, Italy
2007, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Performer, Kilarney, Ireland
1998-Present, International Trumpet Guild
Primary Applied Studies:
John Rommel, Indiana University
Dr. Michael Tunnell, University of Louisville
James Ackley, University of South Carolina
Rudolf Amon, Vienna Philharmonic
Dr. Herbert Koerselman, University of Louisville
Larry Black, Atlanta Symphony