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Having studied music at Indiana University under George Gaber, The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago under James Dutton, and famed Ludwig Drum Company Clinician and National Champion Frank Arsenault, he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Fort Hays State University. His unique approach to teaching drum set and snare drum,combines amazing speed, precision, power, passion, musicianship, emotion and melodic/harmonic innovations that stem from his life-long composing/arranging experience. Mitch’s former students include university department heads, and professional players, teachers, and performers including internationally known U. of Kentucky professor James Campbell (former PAS president and caption head of the Cavaliers), Classical/Innovative Percussionist Mike Lorenz, Mike Mann (former caption head of the Phantom Regiment) Rob Carson (National Snare Drum Champion), Steve Fagiano, (IL State Snare Drum Champion), Rick Beckham (National Senior Snare Drum Champion), Dean Kranzler (Ft. Hays State U.), Mark Schnose and Jeff Sallee, Inventors of the LP “Cube” Shakers, Chris Crockarell of Row-Loff Publications and others. Mitch first developed his international reputation in percussion, as a clinician and educational representative for the Ludwig Drum Company. He has taught and performed at major universities throughout the United States including Indiana University, Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. He was also a featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in Columbus Ohio & Nashville Tennessee. A "Teacher’s Teacher", he loves to help students lay the musical and technical foundations that will let them reach their full potential. He headed the percussion department at FortHaysState University in Kansas for eight years. Mitch performed and taught at the International Festival of Percussive Arts and lectured at the International Percussion Congress in Warsaw Poland. He was a guest lecturer at the Fredrick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and did an exciting multi-city tour as featured soloist with the Polish National Military Band and Performed for the Polish/U.S. Embassy. While in Poland he also performed concerts, clinics and taught master classes at the Jelania-Gora Philharmonia Complex and Warsaw. In the drum & bugle corps field, he marched with the National Champion Chicago Cavaliers,and has taught, written, or consulted for the National Champion Chicago Cavaliers, the National Champion Chicago Royal Airs, the National Champion Argonne Rebels From Great Bend Kansas, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the 2002 Royal Air Reunion corps and many others.
I have been teaching vocal music privately for 5 years. I have experience teaching male and female voice students of various ages and ability levels in musical theatre, classical, jazz, pop and rock. Many of my former students have been selected to sing in all-state choruses in various states and have continued to study vocal music and theatre at schools across the country including the Hartt School of Music, The University of Vermont, Full Sail University and Plymouth University. I love working with both children and adults.
I am a versatile, dedicated, enthusiastic, and multi-talented teaching professional, committed to providing a solid education and instilling music appreciation in all students. I have a talent for integrating cooperative learning, multiculturalism, and educational field trips to differentiated lesson plans and providing a well-rounded learning experience for students. I have a proven ability to tailoring lessons to meet students’ diverse needs and capture their interest and imagination. I am compassionate and inspiring, and maintain a motivated and well-disciplined classroom where each student feels special, cared for and successful. I am a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and stupendous leadership skills to cultivate strong relationships with parents, students, and members of the school community. Key strengths include: Inquiry-Based Learning, Creative Lesson Plan Development, Musician Skill, Quality Music Programs, Individualized Education Plans, Technology Integration, Student Motivation, Personal Assessments
Currently, I am a full-time general music teacher at Broadmor Elementary in the Tempe District. My roles include directing and accompanying choir, teaching recorder and drumming ensembles, and incorporating rhythmic games and teaching folk dances. I also direct theatrical productions and coordinate field trips to The Phoenix Symphony and the Musical Instrument Museum, and I have taught a summer music camp at the MIM. In the recent past, I directed with the Phoenix Boys Choir for five consecutive years. During my college years, I taught regular private piano lessons.
If someone were to observe a lesson of mine, they would find that my students actually have to work in lessons. I don’t simply give out all the answers. Not every action receives a “good job” or a “that was great,” because lessons are not just about making the student feel good. My students are challenged, make mistakes, learn, and improve. We spend as much time as necessary learning about theory concepts that are crucial for understanding the language of music. I do my best to get to know my students, how they best learn information, that way I can provide them with the most helpful instruction.
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The benefits music lessons offer are endless. Not only will students develop a knowledge of music, but that knowledge will carry over into all areas of life. Students who study music have been shown to do better on math, science, and language tests. This knowledge of music also fosters an appreciation for the arts, which grows with understanding.
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In home lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills, and are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. Lessons are usually taught once a week and significant progress can be made in a short time. Of course, teachers will suggest that students practice every day for the best results.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
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