"Developing one's ear is an essential skill for all music students, whether they aspire to become performers, educators, or recording engineers. It is also a lifelong endeavor and one that I continue to work on as I strive to add new sounds to my aural vocabulary."
"I like to bring a lot of supplemental material into the ear training classroom. I feel responsible for exposing the students' ears to great music that they may not have heard before and for educating them to become better critical listeners. It's not uncommon for the class to learn a North Indian raga or to dissect the harmonies of a piece by Stravinsky or Ellington."
"I feel very privileged to be able to be involved in the making of music, one of God's finest gifts to us, and to be able to teach at such a special place as Berklee. Having a class comprised of talented students who represent places from all over the world creates a certain type of buzz in the classroom. It's a feeling that I had not previously experienced until I came to teach here."
- B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- M.M., Eastman School of Music
- D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music
- Saxophonist, composer, and clinician
- Released first solo CD, First Offerings, in November 2004
- Performed in many of Boston’s venues, including the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Portsmouth Jazz Festival, the Regattabar, Scullers, Ryles, and Wally’s Café
- Performances with Louie Bellson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Grossman, Jamey Haddad, Tim Hagans, John Hollenbeck, Dave Liebman, Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, Kenny Wheeler, and James Williams
- Former faculty member at the New England Conservatory Extension Division and the former director of jazz studies at Truman State University; clinician at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States