Statement of Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy closely follows Carl Rogers, who said “How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their own personal growth?” Jazz legend and pedagogue Butch Morris would often challenge his students’ imaginations, directing and empowering them to “Have an idea!” and “If you’re a student of music and you don’t have a question, you’re in trouble.” With this in mind, my teaching and learning philosophy rests on three principle actions: Exploration, Enaction, and Articulation. Influenced by James Gibson’s ecological psychology, and Christopher Smalls’ notion of musicking, I aim to guide my students to make conscious contact with their embodied knowledge, and nurture their growth into fully integrated musicians.

I have written on specific curricular tools I’ve developed for use in music theory and aural skills courses designed to bridge the theory classroom with students’ backgrounds and personal musical goals. Ultimately I aim to nourish and empower students’ capacity to construct a theoretical scaffolding that supports their own creative work, be it composition, interpretive or historical performance, or critical scholarship. Students, rather than having “learned theory” as traditionally conceived, in essence, become theorists.


2019 Harvard University, Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative | Cambridge, MA
Teaching Fellow | The Role of Music in Health and Education 

2019 Northeastern University, Department of Music | Boston, MA
Instructor | Music Analysis Seminar 

2018-19 Kutztown University, Department of Music | Kutztown, PA 
Scholar-In-Residence, Full-time Instructor (18 units)

2016-17  Chapman University, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music | Orange, CA
Adjunct Professor | Psychology of Music

2015-18  University of California, San Diego, Department of Music | San Diego, CA
Associate Instructor, Teaching Assistant (40 units)

2012-13 Life Pacific College | San Dimas, CA 
Adjunct professor (9 units)

2011-13   Azusa Pacific University, School of Music | Azusa, CA
Adjunct professor (40 units)

Courses as instructor of record: 83 Units

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