"In improvisation, the approach is to teach one concept at a time, ranging from the theoretical to the more creative, like how to shape a solo rhythmically or melodically. I like to think I teach students how, as opposed to what, to think musically, because with jazz, unlike any other kind of music, there's a lot more interpretive freedom for the individual. I also want students to feel safe about taking a chance in areas that they're not too familiar with. I know sometimes it's pretty intimidating to perform in front of your peers. So I try to make students feel relaxed and not worry about making a mistake."