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BA, Bridgewater College, Trombone Performance
MM, Ohio University, Music History
1995 - Sang with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia
2005 - Sang with the Chester County Choral Society
2005 - Founded the Praise Band at Grove UMC. Band continues playing together and was invited to play at Annual Congerence in 2013.
2008 - Founded a Dixieland Band to play for an Easter Jazz Vigil. That band continues to play 2020- organized a socially distanced Tuba Christmas
I am a passionate and committed instructor who loves sharing the love of music with my students. I have performed in many types of ensembles from Dixieland to Klezmer and from Vocal A Capella to large choruses. I love witnessing the life-transforming power of music. I have over 20 years of teaching experience. I currently perform with Owls Nest Brass, Bow Tree Brass, Miner Street Brass, Chester County Concert Band and many freelance performances. During this pandemic I have become quite adept at teaching virtually.
My teaching experience spans two decades. I started teaching private lessons whilst in graduate school and have continued teaching ever since. To keep a student's interest I find ways for them to invest in their education by choosing music on their own to play (as well as providing what I know will move the student forward).It is important to me that students enjoy playing their instrument and that they find it to be fun. I incorporate music theory and composition into lessons and encourage as much live performance as possible.
For beginning students on brass instruments, I like to use the Rubank Methods. It is important to me to get the student playing familiar tunes as soon as possible so that they enjoy playing but not at the expense of the fundamentals. Generally, I choose a piece for a student to play and then they choose a piece. Of course I emphasize the rudiments of each instrument and I incorporate technique into each piece they choose and each piece I choose. For example, “Hey Jude” is a great piece to use to teach trombonists slurring technique./p>
One of the most rewarding expeiences in teaching for me is to see the look on a student's face when they "get it". What a thrill to instill a love of music and learning in a student. I set realistic goals and always give them something to work towards (recital, concert, etc). I listen to my students to discover what motivates them toward further learning. I also attempt to create an atmosphere within the teaching studio that fosters good playing, excellent listening and most importantly, good people!!
Aleksey loves the music lessons with Charity.
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