"As a thriving independent recording artist, I think of my job as not only to disseminate information but to give a strong basis of context for this information and a method for incorporating it into the student's own identity as a musician, whether as a performer, a composer, or both."

"I'd like my students to gain what I call a dose of reality. I try to keep them thinking about the reasons why they're doing this and keep those valuable reasons in the forefront. I've had success with this as motivation for the daily practice routines that may seem tedious. I encourage them to be open and to set realistic goals, while at the same time realizing that the process is equally important. This is true not just in the classroom."