Lectures, Seminars, Workshops

I am available to work with students in a variety of settings:

 

Presentations or Workshops

Topics may include:

  • Preparing for music major applications and auditions - Discussions may include:

    • How to decide which schools to apply to

    • What to prepare and how

    • Overview of different majors and minors

    • What can you do with a music major?

    • A typical schedule for a college music student

    • Mock music major audition: Students may play their prepared pieces in a mock setting, and gain feedback on the spot.

  • Special Topics in Music Composition, Music Theory, Performance - Discussions may include:

    • Guest Composer Presentation: presentation of a selections from my recent compositions, Q&A sessions 

    • What it's like to be a performer/composer

    • Practical matters for composers: Performance Rights Organizations, Social Media, Marketing, Self-Publishing vs. Publishing

    • Compositional Process: pre-compositional techniques, the creative process, inspiration, exercises that composers can incorporate into their everyday work

    • Lectures on specific repertoire, forms, analysis of a particular work, etc. 

Master Classes

 

  • Composition Master Classes - Small groups of students will meet with me, and each will present a recent work or a current work in progress.  I will provide feedback on the spot.  Areas we may cover include but are not limited to, the creative process, methods for developing more material, pacing, inspiration, and treatment of particular instruments.   In this format, the students are able to observe each other's particular voices and learn about new methods that they may wish to incorporate into their own compositional process, while the student that is presenting gains feedback specific to his work.  

  • Saxophone Master Classes - There are two types of formats that I typically use:

Performance Class: Individual students will perform in front of their peers, and I will provide feedback on the spot.  It's essentially like having a private lesson in front of the class.  These formats are all-around beneficial; The performing student gets practice with performing in front of an audience, gains feedback specific to his performance, and the class also learns about the repertoire and methods discussed. 

Special Topics: These are set up as workshops on topics specific to the saxophone. A few examples include:

  • History of the saxophone

  • Saxophone Repertoire

  • Vibrato

  • Practice Strategies

  • Working on Reeds 

  • Many more!

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