I believe in providing a learning environment that promotes community, curiosity, spontaneity, trust, dedication, presence of mind, creativity, individuality, critical thinking, and camaraderie among students. We are sharing creative space every week and, as the teacher, my job is to nurture a climate of intellectual collectively, listening to the unique needs of each student. I hope to help the individual and the collective tap into their natural, uninhibited creative selves and provide a safe environment which inspires risk taking, sharing of ideas, true expression through improvisation, and the freedom to openly create and receive other's creativity.
In 1998 my teacher, the great Michael Carvin, introduced me to his primary teaching beliefs. "Each One, Teach One," and "To Become a Master Musician, You Must Pass It On." I have carried these beliefs into my own practice, promoting an open dialogue between student and teacher, and emphasizing the importance of mentorship, constructivism and a commitment to passing on the tradition.