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other: Montana State University Jazz band
2010 Louis Armstrong jazz award
My name is Eric. I’m a 27 year old musician, who recently moved to Austin, Texas from Montana. I would love to share my musical knowledge and passion with new musicians. I’ve been playing the saxophone for 15 years and guitar for 10. While attending Montana State University, I played alto saxophone in the top jazz ensemble. I studied under Ryan Matzinger, who played with many legendary musicians including, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins and Chuck Berry. I use Professor Matzinger’s methods with my students and see progress every lesson. I’m very easy going and know how to make practicing fun. The hardest part is just taking the instrument out of the case.
I strongly believe my parents are responsible for my accomplishments with music. I’ve been attending private music lessons from middle school into college. Private lessons have made a huge impact on my life and I want to give the same positive experience to new musicians. I have been teaching private saxophone lessons for 3 years. My lessons are always educational but also very fun for my students! My students learn to focus their attention and learn productive practice methods customized to their own needs.
I’ve been teaching private saxophone lessons for 3 years. I’ve developed a simple method to customize each students practice routine. Students are all different and have different strengths and weaknesses. It’s very important for musicians to be honest with themselves about their struggles in music. I help direct their focus and plan a written practice log in their own notebook. Writing down goals and achievements weekly helps motivate students and keeps them practicing. My students understand the difference between playing and productive practicing. My lessons cover everything from scales, articulation, dynamics, rhythms, sight reading, and even improvising over a backing track.
I care about my students progress and their well being. Music is my life but it can also be very frustrating and difficult. I never want to make a student feel stressed out or feel bad about themselves during one of my lessons. If a student is struggling with a piece of music, we can focus on the difficult part and break it down to just a few notes at a time. My goal is to teach my students how to manage their own practice schedule and become more independent and involved with their musical growth.
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