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MFA, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Jazz Performance-Saxophone BFA, Marshall University, Jazz Studies-Saxophone Performance
I am an attentive and consistent instructor. I enjoy working with students of all skill levels, whether they are just starting out, advanced students studying on the collegiate level, or even other professional musicians looking for advice or tutoring in certain styles of music. I received my Bachelors degree in jazz studies and saxophone performance from Marshall University in 2013, and then went on to graduate with a Master of Fine Arts Degree (again with an emphasis on jazz studies and saxophone performance) from the University of Tennessee in 2016. I also spent time studying and performing music in Brazil in 2013.
I have derived most of my teaching experience from two sources. In addition to teaching private students, I have also been the Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at the University of Rio Grande (in Rio Grande, OH) for two years now. My primary instrument is the saxophone, but I am also experienced and knowledgable with the clarinet. The focus of my studies in college was jazz performance, but I also have extensive experience teaching, performing, and studying, classical music, Latin jazz, marching band music, symphonic band music, funk, and rock. I am also knowledgable and experienced in the fields of music theory and musical composition.
My approach is adjustable depending on the age and skill level of each student. I prefer to emphasize the fundamentals and technical proficiency on the instrument, as all other fields of practice are reliant on those elements. I also assign students etudes and solo repertoire (depending on their skill level), and I tend to incorporate varying elements of music theory instruction into the lessons. I also include ear training, as this is an invaluable part of being a musician. For jazz, rock, and funk students, I also teach elements of improvisation. It is important to me to find out what each student is interested in doing with music, so as to gear their lessons in that direction (after fundamentals have been solidified).
I always try to be supportive of my students. I find it beneficial to point out and congratulate them on their strengths and achievements, in addition to areas that may need further work, so as to promote good self esteem. My method is strict, but I also find it important for my students, especially the younger ones, to have fun during their lessons. I like to be practical and set realistic goals with my students so that we have something specific to work towards during our studies. My style of teaching is adjustable to the needs and pace of any student. I feel that through teaching, I can learn from my students just as they are learning from me, and it is my passion to grow along with my students, and to help each student reach their fullest potential.
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