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BM, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA
I began the study of trumpet in 1965 under the instruction of Les Beigle, noted Seattle trumpeter. In 1969, I graduated from Snohomish (WA) High School, where he played solo trumpet in the high school band under the direction of Edward Peterson. I received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1980. Instructors included Gary Peacock, Jim Knapp, Butch Nordal, Art Lande, and Julian Priester.
I've been a musical director of K-8th grade private school .During that time I taught children all aspects of music, as well as preparing them for recitals and competitions. My love of teaching has developed through my professional career.
For my trumpet students I reinforce the fundamentals of tone and breathing while allowing them to choose a reprtoire that interests them. My piano students learn the the basics of harmony which enables them to interpret lead sheets. With my drum students, I start off with "Stick Control" securing a sound technique while encouraging them to learn different "beats".
I feel all students have the ability to actualize their creativity through the of study of a musical instrument.I encourage my students to fully experience the joy of a lifetime of making music. My students are given small musical challanges each lesson which enhances their sense of accomplishment.
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