"I applied to the Scholars program so that I could get some research experience as an undergraduate, as well as to further my field and create valuable data that can be shared to improve music education. My goals for the academic year are to have good grades and to learn more about researching, specifically improving the quality of music education. I also want to become a better educator so that I am prepared to teach when I get my first job."
Music Education Saxophone Education across countries, continents, social and economic levels, and different approaches to teaching Student Learning.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- State of Florida Collegiate National Association for Music Education
- UF Collegiate National Association for Music Education
- Florida Music Educators' Association
- UF Saxo Band
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men's Music Fraternity
- North American Saxophone Alliance
Assisting Alachua County band programs through teaching sectionals.
Hobbies and Interests
- Biking, sailing, camping, rock climbing, teaching, and reading.
Determination of Reed Strength for Commonly Used Saxophone Mouthpieces
Beginning saxophonists frequently develop bad habits that take years of private instruction to rectify. Many of these problems develop because of issues caused by using an incorrect reed and mouthpiece pairing. Mouthpieces are designed to work with specific strengths (hardness) of reeds, and beginners commonly start with reeds that are too soft. As a result, they have problems creating a characteristic saxophone sound and negatively influence the sound of the ensemble. Beginners use many types of mouthpieces, and no existing guide specifies which strength of reed should go with a specific mouthpiece. As such, many school music teachers lack the background knowledge needed to make an appropriate decision. The purpose of this study is to evaluate mouthpiece and reed strength pairings and to produce a reference that would be used by band directors. This resource could help music teachers recommend equipment that will benefit the sound of their band, and allow beginning saxophonists to avoid developing bad habits. Methodology I will acquire mouthpieces that are sold with common saxophone brands. This will include “stock” student mouthpieces, as well as several professional mouthpieces. I will use multiple strengths of reeds for testing, and testers will use several reeds of each strength on each mouthpiece. For testing, I will have college-level saxophone performers and professors test the mouthpieces with different strength reeds to find the best strength for each mouthpiece. I will record the testing and use a review panel to evaluate the results. I will also create a questionnaire for the testers to complete for each mouthpiece that includes questions about the mouthpiece's response with different reeds (range issues, need to drop the jaw, etc.). I will also create exercises for all testers to play that test different ranges, articulations, dynamics, etc. that are important variables in the appropriate reed pairing.