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2016- James Madison University graduate scholarship
2015- Performed with Knoxville Jazz Orchestra in different venues throughout the Knoxville, TN area
2015- Performed with Oakridge Symphony Orchestra
2015- Performed with Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela
2009- Performed in Havana Jazz Festival, Cuba
I am a teacher who is in love with music and is passionate about motivating my students. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and grew up in a musical family. As a child, I began to learn to play the piano with my mother who is a piano teacher. When I moved to the United States at the age of ten, I was inspired to pick up the trumpet by listening to recordings of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. Studying and performing throughout different countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, and the United States has given me valuable knowledge which I am eager to share with all my students.
My teaching experience began about 12 years ago. As a young college student, I was lucky enough to teach beginner students both privately as well as group lessons. After college, I began working in a music school in Caracas, Venezuela that was part of "El sistema". This was an experience like no other, I remember having as many as 10 trumpet students together for group lessons. These students were as young as 7 years old up to 14 years old. It was very interesting to see how the older students would motivate the young students and at the same time how those older students learned new things from the younger students. This experience taught me a valuable lesson that no matter how old or experienced you are, there is always more to learn. in the United States, I have been teaching private and group lessons for the last 6 years in different states such as Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
For the very beginners, I like to use Essential Elements 2000 or Standard of Excellence Book. Depending on the student's development the next step will be H.L Clarke's Technical Studies. After this, I would find easy music that the student can identify with and be interested in, such as Disney books, Harry Potter,etc. For the more advanced high school students, they will also use Clarke's Technical Studies, Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for trumpet, and Rubank Method Books which come in Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels. We will work on any concert, marching band music and any other piece of music that the student will be interested in learning. For adults, I will continue to use Arban's and Clarke's methods. I will also include more challenging books such as the Claude Gordon Systematic Approach and Max Schlossberg's Daily Drills and Technical Studies.
As a student, I know the difficulties of overcoming bad habits. For this reason, my teaching focuses on establishing and correcting these bad habits so that the student can focus on what they want to do, play music. The trumpet and most musical instruments are extremely unforgiving and will become jealous when left untouched for a long period of time. Practicing any instrument is not fun when there is no improvement. For this reason, I believe that the teacher should let the parents know and understand each objective so that the student can get the most out of their practice. Because music is one of the most personal things we have, I also like to give my students a choice in what they want to play. Furthermore, I like to encourage my students to listen to as much good music as they can, whether it is live or online.
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