Freddy Gonzalez

B.F.A. (Jazz Performance) The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music; M.A. (Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Videogames) Berklee College of Music

Freddy brings years of experience as a teacher and performer, most recently as the Education and Outreach Specialist at Seattle JazzED. Freddy has served as a private instructor and the Brass Instructor for the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, NY. In addition to his teaching, Freddy's impressive performance resume includes opening for Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, B.B. King, and MC Hammer; he was featured on Wu Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"; and performing at the "Tudi e Jazz" festival in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Freddy tells us: "Music is a language that brings people together. I've been fortunate enough to travel the world with my horn, and one time, I played a jam session in Barcelona where the drummer was from Japan, the bass player was from Italy, and the piano player was from Spain. We could not say hello to each other, but for ten minutes we were able to converse in 'A flat', playing the song "All The Things You Are." Providing students with a global perspective will allow them to learn not only the things that bring us together as a society, but also help them learn about the nuances and traditions that make other cultures unique. An example of how this works in the classroom is by allowing the students to bring in music for the entire class to work on. Whether the music is from their heritage or an original composition, it allows their voice to be heard and gives the other classmates insight into their personal expression. The teaching environment I try to cultivate shows students that our differences and similarities need to be celebrated, and we all need to work together to achieve a common goal."

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