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BS, Chestnut Hill College, Music Education
State of PA, Professional Teaching Certificate, Music K-12
2012- Dublin Fire Brigade’s 150th Anniversary, Dublin, Ireland
2009 - All Catholic Concert Band Judge
2009- Fountain dedication for City of Philadelphia, 2nd and Lombard St.
2009- Pennsylvania Convention Center- Kentucky Conference
2008- City of Phila. “Light up Night”, Villanova University Jazz Band
2007 SEPCHE Conference Performer
I have been playing the trumpet since I was in the 5th grade and have had a passion for music ever since. I enjoy teaching younger and older students that are looking to begin musical training and learn a new skill. Performing is also a huge part of my life and I enjoy playing for others any chance I get; I have even had the privelage to perform in Dublin, Ireland as a Bagpiper. I am very patient with all my students and will always find a way to keep their interest and always keep music fun.
With over 20 years of experience, I have had the opportunity to learn from many different teachers and perform in many great locations. I have been a student of local Philadelphia musicians like Eric Apelt, Al Rochlin and Bill Whitaker. In my college career I was fortunate to have instructors like Dr. Ted DiSanti and former ITG President Dr. Kevin Eisensmith. As a performer I have been a member of many different bands such as Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Trumpet Ensembles, Quintet/Quartets, Pit Orchestra, Wedding Bands and have performed solo. I have been teaching for over 5 years and have had very successful students go on to their High School careers well prepared to lead in any situation put in front of them. I always welcome new students and look foward to watching them grow.
My new students typically spend their first lesson and sometime their second getting used to playing the trumpet for the first time; the goal is to learn proper breathing, posture and tone. I have found the best method book for students is the "Learn to Play the Trumpet/Cornet" method book and always ask that students purchase the Arban's Method book, a must have for any trumpet player. Once the student is proficient in beginning methods, I like to move on to technical studies and the Sigmund Hering Etudes, as well as studies in the Arban's Method; if the student has progressed well enough Concertos and solo performance music will be added. With all the music out there for trumpet players it will always be engaging and fun for the student and teacher.
I am always very patient with all my students. I never try to put too much work on the student and always believe you should have more then one chance to get it right. Music is not a test and their is no failing, there is only the end result, which ends when the student makes progress, no matter how long it takes. I like to concentrate on my students abilities and ask that they bring 100% to their lessons as most of the lesson time is spent on the instrument; some lessons may be more informative for students interested in an in depth understanding of music theory. After each lesson I like to see each student leave with a smile, it is really the most rewarding part of teaching.
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