BA in Music Education | Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

When the accompanist for her father’s church unexpectedly quit, ten year old Tiffany stepped up to the challenge. Motivated by the encouragement and guidance from her father, Tiffany quickly learned to play and sing by ear, becoming the church’s lead worship director. Simultaneously, she studied and played the saxophone in her school bands, giving technical ability to an already natural talent.

Tiffany went on to achieve her associates degree in Saxophone Performance at College of the Sequoias and during her years there was twice nominated to play for the Northern California Collegiate Honor Band. She then transferred to Fresno State University where she received her bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education, majoring in Saxophone Performance and minoring in Vocal Performance. In addition to her playing by ear as an accompanist for her church, she has spent six years studying as a classically-trained pianist. Tiffany has performed with Fresno State’s top performing ensemble, the FSU Wind Orchestra and played lead saxophone for the Big Band (Jazz). In addition to her collegiate experience, she has performed with local groups such as the Visalia Community Jazz Band and Concert Band, and is currently the director for her church’s Youth Music Group. 

Despite her educational and professional accomplishments, Tiffany’s overall outlook on music is that it is a means of expression and therapy. She credits music to bringing her “out of her shell” and helping shape and develop her into the person she is today.  In her free time, she enjoys playing worship hymns and studying complex jazz works and theories. Though her love and dedication for music runs deep, Tiffany’s true passion is being a teacher. She works as a private instructor here at Grace Note as well as with the Tulare and Fresno County school districts.  Tiffany is truly gifted at communicating her knowledge and love for music to all ages and is committed to paving the best pathway for each student’s individual learning needs and goals. 

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