As a teacher and teaching artist, I advocate for the power of music in our culture and our lives.
I am currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas, where I teach privately and direct KU’s Percussion Group, a professionalized percussion chamber ensemble. With my students at KU, I emphasize excellence in collaborative performance, strong, broad, percussive technique, and fluid critical thinking skills.
I am active as a clinician and masterclass giver. In addition to helping students of all ages achieve their musical goals, I perform and present frequently on some themes in contemporary percussion about which I am passionate:
Recent percussion music with live electronics
The percussion music of Helmut Lachenmann
Extended techniques for keyboard instruments
Analytical methodology in learning multiple percussion music
I present frequent workshops for composers about writing for percussion, including performances of brand new works and lectures on significant works for percussion.
With New Morse Code, I teach in many guises, including:
Rhythm and movement workshops, collaborations with painters, dancers, and other artists.
These informal concerts are part performance, part conversation. Audience members are hands-on participants in the music making process.
Educational presentations, instrumental demonstrations, composer readings, longterm collaborations with composers.