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MM, Arizona State University, Clarinet Performance
BM, Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, Clarinet Performance
2017-Winner of the Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition 2016-MTNA Southeastern Regional Division Runner-up
I am a first-year Master's student at Arizona State University, eager to meet and work with talented aspiring clarinetists in the valley. I have extensive performance experience in professional and student ensembles, including the Schwob Philharmonic, in which I won and performed in their 2017 concerto competition, the Schwob Wind Ensemble, which has appeared in many high-level conferences, such as the College Band Director's National Association, and Georgia Music Educators Association. I also serve as Principal clarinet of the Columbus Ballet, and substitute clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, as well as the former principal clarinet of the St. Luke Methodist Wind Orchestra. I have participated in masterclasses with highly sought after musicians, such as Alcides Rodriguez, Daniel Gilbert, Robert DiLutis, Charles Neidich, D Ray McClellan, and many more.
I began teaching in my sophomore year of college, where I was able to teach high school students fundamental exercises and implement practical and efficient practice routines, allowing them to become as successful as possible in their endeavors. I find teaching the clarinet a very rewarding experience, as it truly shows when progress is being made! I encourage my students to come to me with as many questions and issues as they can come up with, and we will tackle them one by one. I find this encourages motivation and makes the learning process all the more fun and stress-free.
Solo repertoire, technique building with scales, thirds, arpeggios, sound development and tongue placement. These are the beginnings to developing a solid foundation in your playing. We will dive in with long tones, scales, thirds and arpeggios to begin, and once that is in order, we will move on to etudes and repertoire. It is critical that sound and technical development be instilled as early as possible, so this will be stressed for every lesson. You will be able to do whatever you want once this is in place!
We will go based on experience and age. My approach is to base my teaching around what you need as a player. I prefer for my younger students to focus very strongly on the development of sound and technical dexterity. It will prove with time that this first step is the most important! Every day, attention needs to be spent on these studies to develop these core methods. From there, I encourage my students to let me know of their own interests and what they would like to work on. I am here for you!
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