To me, teaching is more than a job; it is a creative process and an asset to my own work through the development of relationships, articulation of my own learning process, connection of my practice to the next generation, and inspiration that my students provide. As a professional musician and educator, I believe that music is an embodied practice. As such, kinesthetic mind-body awareness is at the core of my philosophy. Exploring the foundations of music with students by drawing on Western and non-Western musical sources, I strive to inspire their curiosity, develop creative practice, exercise critical theory, develop versatility, and encourage excellence. As a teacher, I design each class to stretch the mind intellectually, the body physically, and offer practical exercises for instant creative experimentation. Ultimately, it is my goal for students to develop musical competence through listening, analysis, and technique and to inspire musicality and creativity within their own aesthetic artistic practice.