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MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Civil Engineering BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Civil Engineering
Music is my passion. I believe that music is able to connect us in ways that words and actions simply cannot. I have been playing music in some form for over 20 years. I play trumpet and piano. In college, I was a lead trumpet player for the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band. My experience in music has taught me that there is more to playing an instrument than simply following a sheet of music and playing notes. I love the way playing music engages every part of who I am, and the thrill of performance is an experience that cannot be rivaled.
I have been teaching casually in some form or another for close to 10 years. While I have not taught at a professional level, I have been teaching in many separate fields: arts, academics, and athletics to name a few. My experiences in multidisciplinary teaching has helped me gain an appreciation for all types of learners and developed skills for connecting with and teaching students of various learning styles. The primary lesson I have taken away from my teaching experience is that the most improvement is found in students with the desire to engage. Thus, my teaching style has evolved to develop a desire within those that I am teaching to participate in whatever it is I am teaching. When a student wants to learn how to get better, they almost invariably find a way to improve. Fostering this drive and determination, and seeing it flourish within a student is the primary benchmark by which I measure my success as a teacher.
For beginning trumpet students, I start with a combination of Clark and Arbank Technical studies for a formal structure. A majority of the technical teaching I do is based on these two methods. I also implement techniques from the Sheridan and Pilafian Breathing Gym to establish the fundamental mechanics of generating sound. For all students, regardless of ability, lessons will have some foundation in the breath and the mechanics of breathing. I custom tailor my lesson plans to each individual student, but all lesson plans will focus on creating a well rounded musician. As such, lesson plans will look at technical ability development, tonal enhancement, understanding of music theory, connecting to the music, and the engagement of the entire body in playing the instrument.
The most successful students are the ones who are motivated to learn and improve. Therefore, I work with my students to foster a passion for music performance. Because playing music encompasses many distinct disciplines, I do not simply focus on technical development. I provide my students many avenues to improve their music performance abilities by teaching them about both the science and the art of playing an instrument. To help foster a passion for music I help students establish realistic goals and benchmarks to measure their progress and experience tangible improvement. I work to motivate students to improve with a healthy balance of praise, encouragement, and instruction.
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