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Instruments: Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Euphonium, Mallet Percussion, Music, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Funk, Showtunes, Swing, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Aaron W In Home In Studio
Instruments: Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Euphonium, Mallet Percussion, Music, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Funk, Showtunes, Swing, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Graduated from Northern Arizona U with a Masters in Clarinet Performance-  May 2019 Graduated Cum Laude from Ottawa  University- December 2016 Graduated from Mesa Community College- December 2014

Awards:

2018/2019- Northern Arizona University Symphony, Acting Principle

2018/2019- Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony, Assistant Principle

2019- Woodwind Quintet Selected to perform at the opening ceremony of the Kitt Recital Hall

2012- Awarded Second Place in Maricopa Community Colleges Solo/Ensemble Competition

Overview:
I'm a passionate and curious musician. I'm self-taught in the styles of classical and jazz from when I picked up the clarinet I found at a Salvation Army at the age of 10. I taught myself until I started college and studied with Kelly Lake, Stephanie Gardner and currently with Jeff Quamo. While working toward receiving my Masters in Clarinet performance at NAU, I taught music theory and aural perception at the undergraduate level. In addition to teaching I've had two pieces written and recorded for me along with a couple tracks on a comedian's recent albums. Since returning from NAU I've added Elementary band director, Junior High Band and Guitar director at Carson junior high and Woodwind tech at Basha High School.
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching privately for 10 years and working with music stores and schools in their band programs/music classes for 8 years. I've worked with Brian Wilson at Summit Academy, Jeff Quamo's students at Mesa High and with Mary Price in her general music classroom at Summit Academy. I'm currently in multiple ensembles as well as getting back into choral music which is where I get my experience in musical phrasing and emotion. That's something that I always incorporate into music and teaching that idea and concept. This year I started teaching guitar at my junior high, Carson Elementary and giving tips to male vocalists in choir.
METHODS USED
For junior high and beginning students I like to go over proper embouchure, rhythm counting and creating a solid sound. After that's established I like to get started on technique exercises, scale practice and practice methods for their own benefit outside of lessons. The junior high students will continue to start learning the circle of 5ths, both student levels will work out of the Standards of Excellence Green book or Red book. High school students will work out of the Blue Standards of Excellence book for their freshman and sophomore year; along with a more advanced packet of warm up and scale exercises that I received from the ASU clarinet studio and my current clarinet professor Jeff Quamo. Junior year and senior year students will be expected to know at least 80% of the circle of 5ths and they'll begin to start playing etudes out of the Rose Etude book along with studying farther into the warm-up and practice packet. For adult students I only focus on what they'd like to learn and what I can help them with on order to meet their personal goals.
LESSON STYLE
I believe that my students should have high expectations and have fun while completing goals. I make sure lessons are fun and progressive. I hold my students to high expectations so when they meet their goal they actually kill two birds with one stone (ex: figuring out a difficult passage in school music while progressing in technique exercises). I give students accompanying assignments to be supplemental to what they have in technique or to help with school music. I always make sure my lessons are tailored to what the student needs and to what the student has learned or not learned yet.
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