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BSK Exercise Science, Pacific Lutheran University Music Minor, Pacific Lutheran University
2012 - 2016 PLU Music Scholarship Recipient
2012 - Present Saxophonist and Frontman for jazz group 322
2012 - Present Played on KNKX Live Studio Sessions 4x
2018 - Played sold out Lucky Festival
2019 - Played sold out Paradiso EDM Festival at The Gorge Amphitheatre
Hello, my name is BrandonLee, I am a PLU Alum who graduated with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and a Music Minor. During my time at PLU, I was apart of the Wind Ensemble for a year and was apart of the University Jazz Ensemble for all my 4 years of school. During the come up as a musician and to this day, I have been able to study under some of the best talents the PNW has to offer such as; Tracy Knoop, Kareem Kandi, Steve Treseler, Dr. Bob Miller as well as NYC based saxophonist Braxton Cook. I am fortunate enough to have been able to play on live radio for a total of 5x as a student at PLU with the Faculty Jazz group and alongside my band 322 which is still going strong. Along with playing in 322, I do work with some producers diving into more genres that incorporate jazz such as some lofi hip-hop and funk.
My experience as a teacher is very scarce but being a student for so long, I have been able to help others out during college while I was a student with how to approach practicing, utilizing what you learn in lessons to help reinforce great practicing and how to stay focused and motivated in the shed so you don't burn out or don't find joy in it. One thing I have learned being a personal trainer is to be able to make things fun so that we are engaged 100% of the time. I definitely encourage students to make sure they are entering music competitions that their school hold so they can experience that side of the music scene as well, this helps with building connections with other musicians and to also hear their peers in that kind of setting.
For methods; it will honestly depend on if the student has been working through something with a prior lesson teacher or after the first lesson and seeing what the interest is in either jazz or classical will go from there. For classical; I would utilize the Rubank method books that I used when doing classical music. For jazz studies, I find it more beneficial to start with the Charlie Parker Omnibook, Realbook, then start learning things by ear and memory depending on the level of the student and the progress we are making.
My teaching style when helping out others is being laid back but also making sure that what we assign is being worked on. One thing that I have noticed in myself is that if I try to take more than I can handle, I set myself up for failure so making sure whatever we are working on is enough to keep you practicing until the next time we meet. I also love seeing anyone succeed so when that happens we make sure to be supportive but also make sure if something doesn't sound quite right we take some time to address that and see what we need to do so that next time you come, we are acing the material!
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