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Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy Music Education, Saxophone
2011 - Placed at Area Competiton
2012 - Solo Performance at State
2012 - Placed at Region Comp.
2013 - Qaurtet Performance at State
2013 - Placement in Dr. Nathan Nabb's saxophone studio
I am a strong believer in being passionate about things and sharing them with other people, which is why I am teaching music. I studied music education on the saxophone at Stephen F Austin State University and have been the lead of and taught within many different ensembles. I attended the NASA(National American Saxophone Alliance) conference in 2014 in Chicago, IL at Illinois State University School Of Music. I've seen and met some of the best saxophonists alive, who my professor learned from. I have experience with the French horn and trumpet as well from methods classes and jazz and believe they have rounded me out as a multi instrumented musician.
My love of teaching begins years ago from being a beginner student and helping my peers understand their instruments. In high school I was a section leader in marching and concert band for two years, leading sectional rehearsals and helping students one-on-one. Many of my peers started coming to me for costructive criticism and I would help them in a private lessons setting. In college this continued as I was in the studio with other saxophonists and in methods classes with other musicians. We would all co teach each other in lessons, studio performances, and practices to learn the best ways to communicate effectivelt while teaching. I think every musician is different and we all need different approaches. That's why I'm interested in teaching musicians of all ages and skill levels.
My method varies for every student but I have a very specific plan for each level of experience. Beginners would focus on essential elements books and beginner packets that cover basics and also have rewarding solo pieces. More advanced students would focus on scales and long tones with etudes for fundamentals and repertoire for solo playing and performances. Of course, anyone wanting to focus on jazz or certain styles of playing and older players can decide what they want to do and I will guide them as we go.
I am very big on rewards programs and keeping students excited about what they are playing. This required reasonable, achievable goals that still push the student to go beyond their comfort level. Positive reinforcement is so important, especially with early players and when we hit walls in our growth. Seeing exactly where a student is at and understanding the encouragement they need is what makes a good teacher.
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