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I completed my Bachelor of Music Specialising in Jazz at ANU in 2001. Soon after I moved to Sydney and began working as a freelance musician and regular band member in a number of different ensembles. The variety of musical work I have been involved with over the years has kept me energised and invigorated, and with a passion to pass on this feeling to my students through our own musical interractions. My grounding in jazz and contemporary music sees me working in various musical settings, wether it be performing at The Sydney Festival with a Colombian Cumbia band, playing in a horn section at the ARIAS, performing at a dedicated music venue playing original jazz, playing in a salsa band at a dance meet or playing in a local pub-jazz band.
Sydney has been a blast but with a young family, we returned to Canberra in 2019.
I still like to play interstate whenever possible, and hopefully you'll see me popping up around Canberra more often too!
As well as working as a performer I have always taught. I am currently teaching from my studio in Evatt, as well as at Canberra High School and St Francis Xavier College. In my past life in Sydney, my teaching schedule was quite varied. About half of my time was spent teaching my students individually, whether it be preparing for HSC performances, rehearsing repertoire and technical work or just simply playing duets for the fun of it! The rest of my time was spent running instrumental sectional rehearsals or workshopping small ensembles, which I love and the results have been great by all accounts! Whenever possible, I love to run extra curricular saxophone or flute groups during holiday periods. This gives us the opportunity to get together as small ensembles and work on some really cool trio and quartet arrangements.
My teaching philosophy is really quite simple. I like to make sure my students have a firm grounding in the technical skills needed to play and enjoy music and also importantly, a natural and subconscious feel for rhythm and harmony and an ability to blend with their fellow performers. To help achieve the latter, I always like to accompany my students with some sort of counter melody or bass line during parts of our lessons. The bonus result is that we end up making music regularly!
Another tool that I like to employ is to record play-along tracks for students to use as a practice guide to work with at home.
You can have a listen to me here. (Copy and paste to browser and jump in a minute or two for sax solos - sorry no recordings on flute).
Back Before Long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEJREoRn_k8
Belconnen area, North Canberra.
Instruments and Subjects
Aural Training, HSC/VCE Music, Improvisation, Musicianship.
Styles and Specialities
Blues, Classical, Funk, Jazz
AMEB Exams, Ensemble work, Sight Reading, Technique.
Lesson Format and School Activities
One-on-One Lessons, Group Lessons
School Instrumental Teaching
Qualifications and Experience
BMus specializing in Jazz (performance), ANU
Last updated: 02-Jul-2020 12:09 PM