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To provide students of all ages an unparalleled music learning experience from a lifetime musician and teacher.


  • Pre-K - 8th grade Music Teacher at St Louis Catholic School, 2010-present
  • Classroom teacher at St Austin Catholic School in 2010
  • Private lesson teacher and ensemble coach since 1999
  • Professional musician since 1997
  • Expert in Finale music notation software and other music production software
  • Professional arrangements heard on major albums and radio
  • Took Commercial Music Management courses at Austin Community College after earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies at the University of Texas


Classroom Music Teacher

St Louis Catholic School Austin, Texas August 2010 - Present

  • Teach General Music Pre-K through 8th grade
  • Teach an After-School Music Program including Choir, Strings, and Rock Band
  • Run an all-school (approx 300 students) Christmas Musical - teaching acting, singing, accompaniment
  • Select Liturgically appropriate music for weekly Mass
  • Conduct choir (3rd - 8th grade) at school Mass

Dioscesan Education Enrichment Development Austin, TX June 2011 & 2012

  • Teach a rock band class
  • Teach a songwriting class
  • Teach a comic strip class
  • Teach a news blog class
  • Lead final-day concert
  • Organize the set-up for the camp-wide final day displays and performances for 35+ classes
  • MC the final-day activities

St Austin Catholic School Austin, Texas March-May 2010

  • Teach Beginning and Advanced Bands and Choirs, grades 1 through 8.
  • Conduct Spring Concert with Beginning Band and Choir
  • Maintain records of attendance, discipline, and educational development
  • Integrate self-arranged popular music as an incentive to practice
  • Communicate with parents on areas of concern

Private Teacher/Contract Labor

Mr. Hoffer's Summer Music Camps Austin, TX June 2011 & 2012

  • Teach 2 rock band camps
  • Choreograph and accompany a show choir camp
  • Lead final-day concert


Jeff Ryder Drum Shop Austin, TX 2006-present

  • Coach and teach students ages 4 through 40+ with specific lesson plans and goals designed to maintain an encouraging recurrence of accomplishment
  • Develop voice and piano curricula
  • Adapt to student needs in teaching from a lesson book or improvising off-book
  • Engender positive personal growth through confidence in performance
  • Developed and currently maintain website
  • Design programs and fliers for guest clinicians

Floor Representative

Texas Box Office Austin, TX 2000-present

  • Lead training of new hires to provide excellence in customer services and system usage. Increase employee productivity via creation of training aids.
  • Train new hires on computer-based ticketing software for phone sales
  • Create training aides for other floor representatives
  • Resolve customer service issues and conflicts
  • Print, organize, and mail tickets
  • Provide online technical support

Owner / Private Instructor

Mantis Music Austin, TX 1999-Present

  • As owner and proprietor of my own small business, I perform all functions required to operate a successful business, including all customer interactions.
  • Teach private lessons, developing curricula in field of voice lessons, instrumental lessons, songwriting, computer-based recording, and composing
  • Perform in multiple genres of music: rock, pop, jazz, latin, oldies, new wave, classical, world music, et al.
  • Write string and horn arrangements for many groups including: What Made Milwaukee Famous, Blues Traveler, Oliver Rajamani, Future Clouds and Radar, Hill Country Strings, Duck Soup, and many, many more
  • Scored industry videos, short films, an internet TV series, and web commercials
  • Record, mix, and master albums, singles, and demos using Cubase and Reason


Bachelor of Music, Music Studies

The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1994-1999

  • Took courses in pedagogy for both choir and band. Quantified teaching success through metric observation of private lesson and group lesson methodology.
  • Performance Certificate in Trombone
  • Longhorn Band, Section Leader for 3 years
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Dean's List

Continued Education - Commercial Music Management

Austin Community College Austin, Texas 2002-2003