Significant teachers and mentors:
William Fielder, Vince Penzarella, Travis Heath
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Music is a gift and should be approached with enjoyment and relaxation! I emphasize fun ideas to simplify practice goals for my students (and myself). I believe in breathing exercises as well as aural and rhythmic dictation. I have experience teaching solfege and transposition, both of which are very beneficial to musical growth. My main objective in teaching is to develop my students into becoming their own best teachers.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Greg is an active performer and educator throughout the Chicago-land area and New Jersey. He has worked with ensembles across Chicago including The Chicago Brass Band, Chicago Symphonic Winds, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Porchlight Theatre and NightBlue Performing Arts Company. He is also a regular member with the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, and polka-based WunderBrass. Greg has additional private studios at Emerson Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, and Hinsdale South High School.
Interests outside of music:
Visiting New Jersey and family. Enjoying nature, especially hiking in the mountains, and visiting the ocean. I love watching football and hockey, enjoy poker and have a blue poison-dart frog.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
J.S. Bach, Gustav Mahler, John Williams