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I have been privileged to perform with jazz greats Doc Sevrinson, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Marvin Stamm and Zoot Sims. I spent the 80s touring nationally with a rock band and later a jazz rock trio.
My experience in studying the trumpet began when I was 10 years old in middle school. I began to study privately in high school and continued to study the trumpet through my time at Furman University. In that time I took several opportunities to teach trumpet to students in the local middle and high schools. I regularly taught at high school band camps as a Trumpet/Field Tech. I taught trumpet privately to students participating in Furman University's Band & Orchestra Camp as well as students looking to grow as musicians in the local community. I have always had a passion to impart any knowledge I have of music as a performance practice. In my time at Furman I had the opportunity to study with many ensembles such as the following: The Furman University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Trio, Brass Quintet, The Twelve Peers Choir, Chamber Choir, Chancel Choir, and other small ensembles for the Department of Music.
The more familiar the student is with the instrument the easier it is for them to be more confident in their performance. I encourage my students to perform in recitals and to compete as well as be apart of a band program as well. It is a great way to make wonderful friends. To this day I have made my best friends from being in band from a young age that I keep in close touch with to this day.
For students who are children, I have a vareity of teaching style opportunities including the Suzuki Method, Essential Elements, Janice Rhoda's Complete Techniques, and other teaching methods. All of my students recieve education in music theory, rhythm, aural skills (voice/ear lessons), performance techniques, sight reading, and of course intrument technique. Children are very different from each other, and all of them learn in very different ways. My personal teaching style is whatever helps the student learn best. Adults are easier because they have a greater understanding of responsibilty and self control, however children learn these skills over time with propper guidance, and learning how to learn is a big part of my students' training. For all levels and ages, fun is essential. Students are encouraged to explore their preferences in music, and are given choices as they learn music in order to keep them interested and motivated.
Colorado Music Festival, section, 2013 (returning by invitation for summer 2014) Freelance cellist in the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, North Carolina, Roanoke and Charleston symphonies, and North Carolina Opera Phantom, The Las Vegas Spectacular!, Cellist, May 2006-September 2012 (closed on 9/2/2012) College of Southern Nevada, Adjunct Faculty, September 2006-May 2012 Las Vegas Philharmonic, Substitute Principal, November 13, 2004 (Andrea Bocelli); Section, December, 2004 through May, 2005; Assistant-Principal, May, 2005 Nevada School of the Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada, Faculty, 2005-2011 New California Conservatory, Los Angeles, California, Faculty, 2003-04 University of Alaska Fairbanks, Term Assistant Professor of Music: Cello/Bass/Music History, 2001-03 Milwaukee Ballet, section, 2000 Colorado Music Festival, section, 1998, 2000-05; Principal, July 13 and 14, 30 and 31, 2000 Green Bay Symphony, Co-Principal, 1995-96; Principal, 1996-97 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Substitute, January through May, 2000 University of Virginia, Adjunct Faculty/Charlottesville Symphony, Principal, 1993-95 Washington and Lee University, Adjunct Faculty 1994-95 Shenendoah Valley Bach Festival, section, 1995-98;Principal, 2000 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Principal, 1991-93 Eastern Music Festival, Faculty, 1990–94 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Principal, 1988-91; section, 1986-88
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Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
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