I have been involved with music and the arts from a young age, as I was always around my father's music. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to San Diego, California in 2002. In California, my music experiences began as I began playing piano and took vocal lessons. In 2008, I moved to Santa Rosa, California and began playing the alto saxophone in school. While I lived in Santa Rosa, and later Foster City, California, I performed numerous gigs with my father and through school.
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 middle school, I participated in the Santa Rosa Junior College jazz big band. A few years later, I attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop on a full scholarship.
In 2012, I moved to Columbia, Maryland, where my love for school music making and music education took shape. 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 summa cum laude 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.
In 2019, I moved to Johns Creek, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia. In August 2020, I graduate with a Master's in Music Education. I was one of two students in the residency program and was offered a graduate teaching assistantship. In this position, I co-developed and co-taught the jazz pedagogy class, which is a methods course for undergraduate music education students. In addition, I was responsible for the Music Education Resource Lab within the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
During my time at UGA, I played bass clarinet in the concert band and saxophone with the jazz combos. I also researched topics within music education such as research participation, improvisatory development, reflexive pedagogy, and student engagement within the music classroom. My independent research project, "Problem Solving with Participatory Music Research: Examining K-12 Music Educators’ Self-Efficacy, Training, and Applications in Research Practice" was selected for as a poster session for the 2020 NAfME National Conference.
In 2019, I joined the Atlanta Wind Symphony and I currently play saxophone with the group. Recently, the group has been invited to perform at the 2020 Midwest Clinic.
I plan to teach secondary instrumental music one I graduate in August and once the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is over. Outside of music, I enjoy visual art. I like to draw, paint, and illustrate in my free time. I also enjoy dance, as this was something I participated in on and off throughout my schooling. Lastly, I love traveling and I hope I am able to do more in the near future.
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. Although I do not know what the future holds, I know it will involve music, learning, and creating.