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Fernando P In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Latin, Funk, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band

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Fernando P In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Latin, Funk, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Associate of Arts in Music (Fullerton College), Bachelor of Arts Music Education (California State University, Fullerton), Master of Music in Conducting (Messiah College)
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Outstanding Arts Educator (Orange County, CA 2018)
Overview:
I have 7 years teaching both in a private studio setting and in group/ensemble setting.  I teach piano, saxophone, flute, and clarinet, to all levels and ages.  I have experience teaching and playing in marching bands, orchestras, salsa bands, jazz bands, and wind ensembles, to contemporary Christian/worship bands.  I have played in several musicals.  I front my own contemporary Christian Band, and we just released our first album in April, 2013. I hold an Associate's of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College, and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton.   
EXPERIENCE
I love teaching; it is my passion! But most of all, I get great satisfaction in sharing the love of music with my students.  Seeing the accomplishments, achievements, an growth of my students is the thing that continues to inspire and drive me. I encourage my students to have fun and have a say in the music selection process, because I want them to feel like they too get to choose the music that they want to learn and play. I have extensive training and experience teaching all ages and all levels; from young children to senior adults. I have taught instrumental and choral music, music theory, church worship teams, private and group lessons, and have full time public school teaching experience.     
METHODS USED
I like to play audio/recordings for the students when possible, so that the student has an idea of the style, or the piece that we are studying.  This gives them something to reference to, but also gives them an aural aspect in their playing/practice habits. I also model for them constantly, so that they get more visual and aural reinforcement.  I sometimes give them short music concept/vocabulary assignments, such as learning the names of the notes on the staff, counting rhythms, meters, etc; all having to do with music theory and musical concepts that can be directly applied to their practical aspect of playing.  I really stress the importance of building and constantly practicing basic fundamentals on a regular basis, so that their technique can more easily develop.  
LESSON STYLE
I like my students to bring a small notebook, so that they may write their homework down, and any practice assignments.  I expect my students to keep a practice log of how much time they practice per week, in between lessons.  I always insist that setting goals and expectations for them, is very important, as well as keeping track of whether they themselves are staying on task.  I try and incorporate different ways of practicing or playing music, so that even practicing turns into being fun and exciting and doesn't feel like a chore. 
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