Teaching Philosophy

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I have been teaching since 2015, I balance large lecture classes, seminars, jazz combos, applied lessons, and independent studies.  Regardless of the format, my main goal is to engage students with the material by challenging them intellectually in academics and creatively in performance. 


As an Asian American teaching and playing an African American-based artform, I am a visual representation of the diversity that I strive to instill in the classroom.  I am committed to pursuing efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom.