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2019 - Columbia Rise Award
2020 - Columbia Rise Award
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2019, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. Prior to Columbia, I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign where I duel majored in Music Composition and Music Education, and was also a part of the Marching Illini for 3 seasons. Though music composition is my passion, performing clarinet and saxophone has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician. I have played the clarinet for 15 years now (saxophone for 10) in a variety of styles ranging from Handel to Artie Shaw. I look forward to sharing my love of music if you're the next Benny Goodman or simply want to be a better player.
My teaching experience dates back to high school as a senior mentoring first year students in the marching band and jazz ensembles. In college, my focus quickly switched to more of a classical side teaching high school students how to prepare for solo/ensemble competitions and recitals. As a music education major, I was required to teach many peers the ways of the clarinet and saxophone from scratch. Throughout my experiences, I have learned to keep lessons high energy and most importantly fun and enjoyable. As an educator, I want to be a positive means of encouragement and support to a growing musician.
For beginning students who are young, I typically start with Bruce Pearson's Standard of Excellence or Hal Leonards Essential Elements 2000. Intermediate students will usually work out etudes by Victor Polatschek and move towards the 32 Rose etudes and 40 studies, and perhaps Bach. Advanced students will continue to work from the Rose books as well as C. Baermann's Complete Method for Clarinet. I will typically send a student home with a scale exercise as well as a short piece of repertoire. Though we work out of books mostly, I believe it's important for a player to get to know their instrument outside of reading sheet music. So I may incorporate elements of improvisation and ear training.
I find it important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I believe in setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson to keep them encouraged. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. I will always provide insight and direction, but will keep the students opinions in mind. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music.
My daughter (age 11) has been taking clarinet lessons from Brandon starting a the beginning of the summer (2020) and has been very engaged and excited to play. His teaching approach (and passion!) has led to her asking me if she can do orchestra at school next year. I appreciate his patience in teaching a younger learner.
He is very engaging and always encourages you to do your best. He also is very at introducing you to a new subject that you haven’t done before. Also he always comes to every class excited and ready to go.
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