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BM, Long Island University: Post Campus, Music Education/Trombone Studies
My lifelong goal for as long as I can remember has always been to teach music and provide students with the knowledge and material to truly appreciate music. I began my musical journey in 7th grade when I first picked up the trombone and I continue each and every day to excel and progress musically and educationally. I am a graduate of Long Island University: Post Campus with a degree in Music Education, certified for ages Birth-12th grade, with emphasis in Trombone Studies. In addition to studying and performing trombone at LIU, I had the opportunity to grow as an Euphonium player as a member of the LIU Post Wind Symphony and through one-on-one private lessons.
I am a graduate of Long Island University: Post Campus with Bachelors of Music in Music Education with emphasis in Trombone Studies. I have maintained a small private low brass studio for the past three years and teaches students ages -12 on various instruments in multiple music schools across the island. In addition, I am a frequent performer. I have played for the LIU Post Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra during my undergraduate career on both Trombone and Euphonium. I continues to perform with the LIU Post Trombone Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. I have always had a love for music and frequently indulged in one-on-one lesson opportunities at LIU Post each semester, including instruments such as piano and euphonium.
For beginning students, I always start by learning the notes on the staff that corresponds with their specific instrument. Knowledge and confidence of this is crucial to the learning process. Next, I pick a method book to work through to learn the fundamentals. For trombone, I use Rubank's "Elementary Method." It is a great progressive studies that has great explanations, exercises, etudes, duets, mini-solos, scales studies, and more for young students. Once the student has shown me that they have a good grasp of the fundamentals of music and trombone, I put them on Gerald Bordner's, First Practical Studies for Trombone. Once I see that the student is comfortable and doing well with these two books, I introduce repertoire that is appropriate for their level.
Being a music teacher means much more to me than teaching students how to play the notes written on the musical page. As a music educator, my main goal is to offer my students endless musical experiences that are both positive and meaningful to their own personal development. I am also responsible for teaching my students how to see, think, recognize, and hear as musician, and to understand the importance of being musically literate. In order for my students to achieve their full musical potential, I am aware that each student is different in regards to learning. To achieve this, I spend a lot of time getting to know the student and how the learn best so I can accurately plan and prepare lessons, objectives, and goals to fit the needs of each individual pupil. From there, I facilitate and incorporate various methods of music teaching into my lessons and curriculum.
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