About Me

Hannah and I (2022)
Hannah and I (2022)
Concerto Aria Performance (2019)
Concerto Aria Performance (2019)
Hannah and I at my Graduation (2022)
Hannah and I at my Graduation (2022)

In brief, I have a master's in music composition, 8 semesters of college level private piano lessons, and have played piano for over 20 years. I have taught piano lessons for a year and have 5 years experience teaching music in various paid capacities. To hear me play piano, please head to my Facebook page.

I started piano lessons at age 6. By age 10, I was done with piano forever! My teacher had me playing only out of lesson books and gave me one contest piece per year. I would spend all year perfecting every minute detail of that piece. This led to a lot of frustration.

A year after quitting, my parents found a new teacher who let me try lots of genres of music and who didn't focus only on pieces in a lesson book. During this time, I also began to notate and compose piano music.

In 2015, I began a music composition degree at Oklahoma Baptist University. During this time I took 4 years of private piano lessons split between Dr. Mary Chung, Dr. Michael Dean, and Dr. Justin Pierce. I worked as a music theory, aural skills, and music technology tutor for 3 years. In addition, I took a course on Piano Pedagogy. In this class, I worked as a teaching aide, with my own student, and occasionally led lessons for the whole class. In this class we also studied many different piano curriculums. In 2019, my orchestral work "Scenes in Purple" won a performance in Concerto Aria.

After college, I took a gap year to marry my incredible wife Hannah!

In 2020, I began a masters degree in music composition at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I earned this degree with the intent of teaching freshmen and sophomore level college classes. During this time I taught music theory and aural skills as both a graduate assistant and a substitute teacher. I continued to compose primarily for piano. I played piano in graduate student recitals as well. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA in May of 2022.

In May of 2023, I started teaching piano to a friend. In July of 2023, I formed Reel Music Studio OKC and have been teaching since.