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BM, Tarleton State University, Music Education
2012 - Santa Clara Vanguard, Euphonium 2011 - Santa Clara Vanguard, Baritone 2010 - Santa Clara Vanguard, Baritone
I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2014, I graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors of Music Education. Performing all over the country has been one of the greater music experiences of my life as a musician. Although my primary instrument is on euphonium, I am also very skilled on trombone, tuba, trumpet and saxophone. I currently reside in Norfolk with my wife Michaela, my dog Jesse as well as my cat Fitz.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching marching band eight years ago. After graduating from Tarleton State University in 2014, I began teaching at the junior high and high school levels. In between teaching classes I would help students after school with working on their music for class as well as encouraging students to push themselves with more challenging literature. During the concert season I would meet with sections or individuals for lessons for their solo or ensemble auditions.
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun no matter their ability level. If the students need help working on a particular work for their school (ex solo & ensemble, college audition, drum corps audition, concert band works, jury auditions, etc.) I am willing to help the students be successful.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By truing to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to fit their wants and needs.
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