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M.S.Ed., Queens College-CUNY, Music Education--B.A. Music, Syracuse University, Music--High School Diploma-P.D. Schreiber H.S. Port Washington, NY-
1994-2007-Performed with Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch, Marilyn Michaels, Daniel Rodriguez --1990-Golden Key National Honor Society, Syracuse University--1989-John Philip Sousa Award, P.D. Schreiber HS
I am a very dedicated and caring music teacher with 23 years of experience. I have taught students of all ages from early elementary school to senior citizens. All of my NYSSMA participating students have received scores of excellent or outstanding in Grades 1-4, and in the 90's on Levels 5 and 6. My main instruments are tuba and trombone, both of which I teach at all levels. However, I also teach trumpet, clarinet, flute, and saxophone up to late intermediate levels. Currently I have students that I first started teaching four years ago, as well as newer ones.
I have been teaching music lessons in schools and privately since 1994. I currently teach elementary general music and 4th/5th grade band lessons in a Brooklyn public school-the New York City Department of Education. Before 2012, I was a travelling teacher employed by Paul Effman Music Service to serve Catholic Schools in the Diocese Of Brooklyn. --My goal as a music teacher has always been to encourage children to love music from childhood to the latest years of their lives. I never use a "cookie cutter method" when I teach privately; I always accommodate each child's individual need, no matter how advanced or struggling that child is.-
For beginning students, I like to start them on the Hal Leonard Essential Elements. I believe it moves at the proper pacing for young children. For intermediate students, Accent on Achievement works well because I find the music is more challenging. Also I require older students to know scales, primarily Bb, Eb, and F major being that they are the easiest to learn. It is from there that I gradually add a new scale (one every few weeks) until ultimately all 12 major scales are learned. Students who have several years of solid experience will be taught from the Rubank Advanced Method.
For a young child to love music, a teacher must introduce it to him or her in a passionate way, without forcing it one the child. The struggling student is just as capable of loving music, just as much as the accomplished one. As I mentioned earlier, all students learn at different paces, so I teach each student as close as humanly possible to their level. It is not important for a child to play like a professional musician, but to play like the student has put his or her heart into learning the music. This is what I love above about teaching music.
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