I am a session pianist, multi-instrumentalist performer, and a composer/producer for film and tv. This avails the opportunity to teach and utilize music production methods when it's requested or beneficial to the student.
I have a beautiful home studio in Los Angeles with all state-of-the-art equipment for recording and teaching.
Though I am a college professor, though I enjoy and am competent teaching all levels (elementary school through nursing home). I spent several years at Harvard-Westlake High School coaching their jazz ensembles and teaching privately.
I am sought after for my professionalism, adaptability, musical depth, creativity, and technical expertise. As a skilled educator, I seek to seamlessly transfer these skills to my students in a fun and engaging way. Referrals available upon request.
As a performer, I've worked with some of the best; with from Latin pop star Estafano, REO Speedwagon, Engelbert Humperdinck, various American Idol stars, Matthew Morrison of “Glee", all of the finalists from “The Voice" of 2012; a myriad of notable jazz all-stars including Ira Sullivan, Clare Fischer, Kamasi Washington, Bill Watrous, Eric Marienthal, Pete Christlieb, Ramon Banda and Zane Musa, just to name a few. My music can be heard in a multitude of media platforms, from various tv commercials, feature films like Big Momma's House III, various movies on The Lifetime Network, and television shows such as “Bones", "Young and the Restless" “Millionaire Matchmaker" and MTV's "10 on top".
Experience as an Educator:
1998-2010- Private instructor for guitar and piano (all ages)
2000-2001- Private music theory/musicology tutor at the University of Miami
2005-2007- Star Music Program- Educator for young rock musicians ages 5-12
2008-2010 Ensemble Workshops at Los Angeles Music Academy 2011- Cal St. Long Beach Guest Artist
2010-2016- Harvard Westlake Upper School jazz combo coach/Private Instructor/Rhythm Section Class
2020- Occidental College Ensemble Coach
2013-2021- Occidental College Applied Music Faculty (Improvisation, jazz/blues, commercial music)
B.M. (Jazz Piano Performance and Studio Music) University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; 2005 -Pi Kappa Lamda Honors Society, Arnold Volpe Scholarship. Completed Minor in Psychology.
U.C.L.A Certificate Film Scoring Extension Program (selected classes); Summer ‘07
Berklee College of Music 5-Week Summer Performance Program, Jazz Piano; Summer ‘99
Berklee College of Music 5-Week Summer Performance Program, Rock/Fusion Guitar; Summer ‘98
Vince Maggio, Phil Strange, and Doug Bickel of The University of Miami;
Doug Henry, Gary Marcus, and Charles Craig of North Carolina;
Alan Pasqua (USC), David Roitstein (CalArts) and Daniel Lessner (Juiliard).
James Venables, (UCLA) - Film Scoring/Composition