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Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Funk, Showtunes, Reggae, New Age, Marching Band

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Charles H In Home
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Funk, Showtunes, Reggae, New Age, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Bachelor Degree: University of Texas at Arlington, Master Degree: Texas A&M - Commerce, Teaching Certificate: University of Texas at Arlington

Awards:

1982-1986 - Awarded University of Texas Scholarship

2004 - As a Band Director Placed 4th in Texas for Outstanding Performance Series CC Concert

2016 - Awarded scholarship from VanDoren to participate in the Conn-Selmer Institute

Bands under my direction have earned many 1st divisions in UIL Concert and Sight Reading

Overview:

I started my musical journey when I learned the banjolele in kindergarten. I switched over to piano soon after and took lessons for a couple of years. My Mom played the piano when she was growing up and always wanted to be in the band. My Dad was in band when he was a kid. He even played in The University of Texas Band when he went there. We had a pretty good band program here in Hurst and I joined In 7th grade (the earliest one could join). They had a tenor sax that they let me play and I was hooked! I made the top ensemble after my first semester and never looked back. I made region band every year after that and earned 1st divisions on all my ensembles and solos. I played 1st tenor in the jazz band in High School and started to think I could do this for a long time. I got a scholarship to UTA and marched with them for a few years while I concentrated on classical saxophone and studied jazz. I went to work for various school districts while keeping up my saxophone chops playing in country, funk, Tejano, rock & roll, pop, and just about every other kind of ensemble one can think of. When I went to grad school I made principal saxophone in the wind ensemble and played at Carnegie Hall! While I was there (grad school) I taught a woodwind methods class and the freshman saxophone studio.

EXPERIENCE

I started teaching privately when I was in high school. I taught just a couple of kids and found it fun. I was a little busy to teach in college as I was concentrating on learning to be a professional saxophonist. My teachers include Doug Heath, Bob Seligson, Terry Autry, and Todd Goranson. I was able to learn at a relatively high level in school and continued that through grad school. In grad school I was asked to teach the freshman saxophone studio where there were several excellent players. As I mentioned earlier, I have played in concert bands, wind ensembles, jazz bands, funk groups, country, rock & roll, and lots of other type groups.

METHODS USED

As a product of "the system", I generally teach "the system". By that I mean that in the education system here in Texas has been teaching this same way for years and years. After a year or two learning the fundamentals, scales and phrasing, then one gets to study the Ferling etudes for region band and a few basic solos for solo and ensemble. Depending on what the student wants to learn, I can teach anything they want. With online or digital sources nowadays, there is countless ways to learn in many different styles.

LESSON STYLE

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's 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 trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.

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