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Bachelor of Music Education, trombone - University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Masters of Choral Music - Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas Certificate of excellence/teaching certificate in French - Institut de Touraine, Tours, France
Graduated with honors - University of Georgia Academic Achievement Award - Southwestern Seminary Performances with the university band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, brass choir, trombone choir, solo recitals. Performances with the seminary oratorio chorus and orchestra, solo recitals. Performances across West and North Africa, performance at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, performance for the president of France.
I am very passionate about music, especially the trombone. Music transcends differences of origin, culture, and language. It is truly an international language. Playing the trombone can give students the opportunity to express themselves and participate in a musical world that has no limits. I have performed and taught music in many different countries and in many different cultures. This has enriched my capacity and ability to teach others. I even love to practice! I discovered at a young age that practice truly does lead to improvement and the ability to do some amazing things.
I began teaching when I was in high school - working with my fellow trombonists and giving private lessons. This continued through my college years. I have been a middle school and high school band director, led choral groups, and taught guitar, theory, conducting and composition to students of all ages in the USA and overseas. My work overseas has required me to be flexible and adaptable to different styles and types of music. I am convinced that everyone can be successful if they are interested and apply themselves. It is rewarding to be a part of that success.
For beginning students I would begin with a basic introduction of the instrument and its history. I believe that each instrument has a story to tell! I use a basic book such as Hal Leonard's Essential Elements or whatever material the student's band director is using. Flexibility is the key. Playing an instrument should be fun and that is certainly a goal for students of all ages. Practice is the key to success for beginners or more advanced players. I work to help the students understand that practice leads to progress - that leads to doing some truly amazing things on the trombone!
Flexibility and creativity are the keys. Each student is different and learns/progresses in different ways. I believe in encouragement and positive reinforcement. Setting realistic goals while challenging the learner to grow is a delicate balance. Inspiring a love for practice is essential. There really is no magic to learning to play an instrument - you have to work at it - you just want that work to be fun! I like to use music that the students recognizes and wants to play. This sometimes requires me composing songs/exercises that meet that goal.
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