Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I strive to make my studio a safe place where all students feel valued and free to make creative, convincing decisions through music-making. Being a curious person, I strive to inspire my students to approach music and life with interest and enthusiasm.  Learning occurs through engagements, questioning and experimentation.  I encourage my students to take risks, try new ideas, and experiment as they play. I keep an open mind, learning from my students while I teach them. Music is a sphere which offers opportunities for personal, professional, and emotional growth.  Regardless of a student’s ability and level, I encourage everyone to engage emotionally and intellectually with the music they are playing. Whether as a life-long hobby or as a career, an appreciation for music opens many opportunities for young people.

I approach teaching with a calmness and encouragement.  I embolden students to think critically about their playing, identifying strengths and weaknesses.  Students learn to separate their personal worth from their playing, so they are able to consider their performances objectively.  As a student of Alexander Technique myself, I incorporate these principles of inhibition, relaxation of tension, and efficient use of the body in lessons.  In lessons, I place foremost value on musicality.  While technique must be taught and learned, I approach technique as the means to a musical end.  I incorporate music theory and music history in lessons, demonstrating how these disciplines can provide vital information for a nuanced performance of a piece.

In teaching, my role is to encourage, guide, and inspire students. I hope all of my students find an outlet in music, so they can learn more about themselves and their world through playing horn.  I encourage students to keep open minds in all areas of life, particularly in horn playing.  Exposing students to a wide array of styles and genres, I broaden their concepts of music and horn.  Ultimately, I encourage students to find joy in their own musical journeys.