Education Mission Statement
In the Autumn of 1996, as a senior in high school, I was asked by the orchestra director at the time if I would be interested in teaching some of the younger players in the orchestra. Initially, I was somewhat apprehensive. I was still quite the student myself and while I had dreams of becoming a professional musician I had a long way to go. With some cajoling and encouragement I relented and took on my very first student. While I could easily say that I immediately fell in love and the rest is history, I would be lying. I had no idea where to start, no idea how to communicate, and no idea of the endless rewards that were yet to come.
The years passed and I proceeded from high school to Tulsa Community College and on to the University of Tulsa for undergraduate studies and further still to masters studies at the Universities of Arkansas and Oklahoma. In that time I would amass a staggering wealth of knowledge and wisdom based largely on all the mistakes, wrong turns, and occasional successes I would live through. I have had the great privilege and honor of studying and performing with some of the greatest violinists, musicians, and artists living today. In all that time the one great lesson I have learned and that is proved to me everyday through my students is this; learning a musical instrument is not solely about proper technique, a good bow hold, accurate intonation, and a myriad other technical concerns, rather it is about summoning from deep within one self the dedication and fortitude to cultivate a richer fuller life and a desire to enrich the lives of those around you.
At the advanced age of 39 I can now look back and know that I have made a difference in the lives of my students, their parents, and the many concert goers that have supported me and in turn I, them. While my passion is very much music performance and the beauty and power of the arts, it is no longer my main focus. Mine is an ongoing quest to open hearts and minds through music and music education, in essence to contribute a younger generation of people that are wise beyond their years and are all the happier for it, to the world.