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Andrew M In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Saxophone, Flute
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Swing, Marching Band

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Andrew M In Home In Studio
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Swing, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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BA, Ohio University, Music
Overview:
I find that I am at my happiest when I am instructing people in one of my greatest loves, music. In 2018, I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music, my emphasis being the saxophone. I have performed with numerous ensembles and one of the greatest rewards I get from playing is seeing the joy that it brings to others. During my four years at Ohio, I was able to play with the community symphony and it was there that I was able to see what music does for people in bringing them together and creating a strong sense of community, understanding, and joy. This strengthened my love for music and caused me to want to inspire this love in others as well. Music is the unsung hero of this world and I am very eager to teach it to you!
EXPERIENCE
My teaching experience dates back to my time in high school. Being the saxophone section leader for my schools marching band I was expected to make sure the members of my section knew what they were doing. If there happen to be someone who wanted to start taking on saxophone for the band, I was expected to teach them how to play. I then went to college for Music Therapy where I was expected to teach and lead groups of clients in musical interventions. Through this, I learned what is the most effective ways to get through to a person and what methods resonate best with them. I then switched to Music Education where I learned and refined many of my teaching skills. During this time I had to teach others how to play various instruments and found that when teaching creating an environment where the student is free to make mistakes and learn from them is key, after all, we learn far more from our failures than from our successes. Because of this, my students were encouraged to experiment with what works and what doesn't. I really hope to see you in my studio, people of all ages are welcome, music knows no limit of age and I encourage everyone to try and learn something new!
METHODS USED
My goal with my students is to tailor a specific lesson plan for that individual's musical needs. Some of my favorite books to use though are the Rubank series. I find this to be a very good book to help grasp the fundamentals of the instrument for beginning players. Once I feel they are ready then I will move them on to specific pieces that are appropriate for their skill level. I will also supplement the pieces with etudes from various books as well. This may include the Selected Studies books. For adults who already know how to play and are just looking for refinement then we will skip the beginners' fundamentals books and go straight into pieces, etudes, and scales.
LESSON STYLE
Students have the most fun and learn the most when they are doing what they would like to do. This doesn't mean that the fundamentals aren't important but when it comes to the pieces and etudes we study the student will play what they would like to play. If I pick a piece that the student simply doesn't like then I will work with them to figure out what piece is suitable for them and help them get the most enjoyment from it. I believe that once a student enjoys what they are doing - that's where the true learning starts. I want to encourage the student to push their limits with their instrument. However, I will make sure that the student plays within their skill level to avoid bad performing experiences. If they want to play a piece that is out of reach for them, I may pick a piece that is very similar to that one with a goal in mind to one day work up to that piece. This is why I believe that the most effective way to further a students education is to tailor make each student lessons to what they specifically need.
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