Meet Our Faculty
“A music educator’s most important role is to inspire students and guide them toward being proactive in their individual journey and development as musicians. My foremost goal as a teacher is to go beyond simply teaching one piece at a time, and focus on approaches a student can take with them through any future musical situation as they discover how to adapt and learn on their own. With the understanding that each student comes from a unique background and set of interests, I rely on a combination of fundamental exercises, including tone practice, scale studies, solo etudes, improvisations, and duets to foster active listening and a deeper understanding of the measurable parts of music.”
M.M., Jazz Composition and Arranging; B.M. Jazz and Afro-American Music Studies (Saxophone); B.A., Acoustics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Principle teachers: Lynn Klock, Felipe Salles, and Jeffrey W. Holmes
Mike Caudill is a Boston-based saxophonist and composer who leads his own band and freelances with multiple groups across New England. As a performer, he has played in a variety of spaces, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Worcester’s Mechanic’s Hall, Sculler’s and Ryle’s Jazz Clubs in Boston, and Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center in New York City. Mike has appeared with iconic jazz figures like Sean Jones, Ambrose Akinmusire, Warren Wolf, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and Karrin Allyson, as well as with the acclaimed alternative rock group, “10,000 Maniacs.” In addition to writing for his own groups and on commission, Mike has received recognition as a composer from the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer program and the 360 Degree Jazz Initiative at UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to Indian Hill Music, Mike teaches at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham.