“The master’s degree program in performance provides the student with the opportunity to hone in on a deeper level of understanding of expression and artistry. This means intense dedication to instrumental technique, improvisation concepts, and expansion of vocabulary in the area of interest.
“I have always believed that in addition to developing strong jazz concepts and vocabulary, a deep understanding of the rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts of music from Latin America the Mediterranean, Baltic countries, and India provides the musician opportunities and creative vocabulary, making a musician more well-rounded. Therefore, I approach my student’s development by providing them with materials for study based on transcription work and harmonic and rhythmic study methods in the area of concentration. This, in turn, will enable them to grasp a deeper understanding of various styles of performance as well as an approach to composition.
“My love for teaching developed over the years, as I have discovered the essence of constant wonder and amazement through the eyes of my students.”