Ever since my first year playing the clarinet in 5th grade, I have wanted to be the best clarinetist ever. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the kind of dedication that really meant for the first 3 years of my playing, and I missed out on the opportunity to learn how to play properly from the very beginning!
But that all changed when I started taking lessons in 8th grade. My first lessons ignited my passion for the clarinet even more, and made me realize all the work that was in store for me to become the best clarinetist ever.
Through high school and my time in college, I was ravenous to learn as much as possible about the clarinet. I traveled to many of the most prestigious summer festivals, including the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and Domaine Forget, to study with the best teachers from around the world. All of that study culminated with me earning my Master's from one of the best clarinet studios in the country at Northwestern.
In my time studying with so many great teachers, and playing with so many great colleagues, I realized being the best clarinetist ever is a bit of a silly goal, but I will never stop striving to be my own personal best!
My new goal of being my own personal best has also lead to a passion for helping other clarinetists reach their own personal best! I am always looking for more students to teach, and new and exciting ways to share my clarinet knowledge to help others. I even created my own company called QuickStart Clarinet that is dedicated to helping clarinetists of all ages and ability levels reach their clarinet dreams!
Lessons are a must if you are serious about learning how to play any instrument because without proper guidance it is all too easy to form bad habits, just like I did for the first 3 years that I didn't take lessons!
When you study with me, I will be sure to help inspire and motivate you to reach your clarinet dreams and learn to play right, now!
University of Denver