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BM, The University of Arizona, Music Performance
2015 - Finalst, USAF Academy Band Audition
2015 - Semi-Finalist, USAF Band of Mid-America Audition
2014 - Finalst, The University of Arizona Concerto Competition
2013 - Alterate, Disneyland ALl-American College Band
2013 - Winner, The University of Arizona Studio Mock Audition
Hey there! I graduated from The University of Arizona in May of 2015 with a degree in Music Performance, Trombone. I’ve been exposed to more styles and genres than I thought existed, and it would be hard to pick my favorite. I really enjoy playing in salsa groups, orchestras, and jazz combos. I’ve been on tour in China with the Sassy Jazz Orchestra, and shared the stage with some of my favorite trombone players, who I thought I’d never meet. I’m currently pursuing a job in the military, playing in one of the regional or premier bands.
I started teaching about 6 years ago at a charter school. I led rehearsals, gave lessons to individuals and to groups, and sometimes I would sit in and play next to my students. When I was in the university, I picked up some of my own private students, and became a mentor to some of my peers. The environment I was surrounded by was one of constant teaching and learning. That kind of environment has made it’s way into every day life, and it makes each day just as valuable as the last. I teach because I hope to give students the direction, help, and motivation to become the best they can be. Music lessons are beneficial in many ways, and I’ve seen my students improve in other areas such as math, reading and comprehension, and problem solving thanks to their own hard work practicing their instrument.
Typically, students have music they are working on for band. I help students overcome any difficulties they have with this music, and move on to more challenging material. If the student has no material, I typically use the Essential Elements book for beginning and intermediate students, and Rochut, Arbans, and other method books and solos for advanced students. The goal of lessons is to diagnose problems, provide solutions, improve musical understanding and knowledge, and do all this in an engaging manner. I don’t teach because I have to, I teach because I want to and enjoy it, and my students enjoy lessons as well.
If someone were to observe a lesson of mine, they would find that my students actually have to work in lessons. I don’t simply give out all the answers. Not every action receives a “good job” or a “that was great,” because lessons are not just about making the student feel good. My students are challenged, make mistakes, learn, and improve. We spend as much time as necessary learning about theory concepts that are crucial for understanding the language of music. I do my best to get to know my students, how they best learn information, that way I can provide them with the most helpful instruction.
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