You can say I have moved around my fair share. In 1997, I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. I moved between Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ for a while before moving to the beautiful Encinitas, California, located in San Diego County. After, I moved to Santa Rosa, then Foster City, CA.
In 2007, I began playing the saxophone. I had taken piano and voice lessons from a young ae, but I was mesmerized by my father's jazz combos. In 2009, I participated in the Summer Santa Rosa Community Jazz Band with my father. Three years later, I attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop on a full scholarship. I regularly performed in my father's jazz and rock bands in locations such as Angelica's Bistro in San Mateo, CA, Ace in the Hole in Sonoma County, and the Sardine Can, Vallejo, CA.
In 2012, I was uprooted from California and I moved to Columbia, Maryland. Although most are shocked to hear this, I enjoyed Maryland and the DMV area more than California. Howard County, in particular, was invested in the arts and therefore had stronger community ties.
My father opened a recording studio in Columbia, MD called Prescott Studios, which is now located in Johns Creek, Georgia.
Throughout high school, I was invested in the arts. I played alto saxophone in the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band in addition to playing trumpet in the concert band and singing in the Laydes Fayre choir. I held positions such as section leader, squad leader, music honor society president, and band president. These positions helped solidify my goal in being a music teacher. In 2015, I graduated from Wilde Lake High School in the top 15% of my class and having taken the most music classes at the school.
After high school, I went directly to college and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I moved to Baltimore in 2018 and graduated from UMBC in 2019 with a B.A. in music education (instrumental) and a B.A. in jazz studies. During my time at UMBC, I studied saxophone and jazz with Matt Belzer. In addition, I studied education and conducting with Brian Kaufman, flute with Dr. Lori Kesner, clarinet with Dr. Michael Richards, jazz piano with Harry Appelman, and jazz drumset with Scott Tieman. I performed in the jazz ensemble as first tenor as well as the jazz combos and wind ensemble.
This was also a major time for performances, as I coordinated and performed in two recitals as well as shared the stage with legendary musicians such as jazz bassist Ben Allison and Pakistani vocalist Javed Bashir. In addition to performing, I continued to write music in the jazz and rock genres.
A major aspect of my undergraduate career was teaching private music lessons. I taught over 50 students over the course of three years on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano. I was fortunate to have worked with students as young as four years old through retired adults wanting to try something new.
I am most thankful for the internship opportunities UMBC has given me. From my first semester at UMBC, I was involved with OrchKids, which is a community-outreach program in inner-city Baltimore to help youth create social change in a music classroom setting.
My last year consisted of internships for high school band, orchestra, and music technology and middle school orchestra. I presented my Student Learning Objective at the UMBC Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) and was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 22 Research Award. I was also awarded the Music Achievement Award by my university's music department. My dream is to teach band and orchestra at a middle school or high school level. I graduated summa cum laude in both degrees.
As of recent, I have moved to Johns Creek, Georgia and attend the University of Georgia. I am in their Master's in Music Education residency program and have been offered one of the two graduate teaching assistantship spots. I am overwhelmed by this opportunity and cannot believe that in a year from now, I will have a graduate degree. In the Fall 2019 semester, I will be co-teaching the undergraduate jazz pedagogy class in addition to other responsibilities as set by the High Hodgson School of Music.
In the future, I see myself traveling more. I have traveled to the Virgin Islands, Canada, most recently, Japan. Next, I would like to hike in the Grand Canyon and in a few years, I would like to visit India. I also plan on doing more painting and drawing as time permits.
Although I do not know what the future holds, I know it will involve music, learning, and creating.
Hey you! I do music lessons! Did you know?