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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band

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Henry J In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Bachelor Degree: Kentucky State University

Master Degree: Troy University

Doctoral Degree: Andersonville Theological Seminary

other: International Seminary

Overview:

I am a passionate and motivated music educator who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I graduated from Kentucky State University in 1980 with a BS Degree in Music Education. I have performed all over the world with some of the worlds greatest musicians, including Sunny Stitts, Donnie McClurkin, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Midnight Star to name a few. I have taught both instrumental and choral music in public schools and on the college levels. I can teach many styles from spirituals to jazz standards.

EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience expands over 30 plus years. I begin teaching in Middle School as a Band Director, then a High School Band Director and back to Middle School. I went back to Middle School because, at that time I enjoyed teaching beginners more that advanced players. I have taught on the college level as the Choral Director as well as class piano teacher. I have been teaching High School and Middle School Chorus for the past fourteen years. I encourage my students, whether private or the ones that I teach a school to practice on a consistent basis (have a consistent schedule for practice) because it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument or their voice. I've also found that a combination of different musical genres helps to motivate a student and allow them to have fun. I also encourage my students to enter competitions and recitals to give them a way of measuring where they are in comparison to others. Music should be fun and if the lesson is not fun, I'm not doing my job. i always looking to bring new students of all ages into my studio.

METHODS USED

During the first lesson, I typically try to find out the level of the student. Once the student's level is known (beginners-advance, children-adults), not just playing and or singing ability, but their knowledge of theory, the names of the lines and spaces, the value of notes and rests, the names of the major clefs (treble and bass), etc., then we will better know what method books to engage a student in. Developing a love for music is more than being able to sing or play what you hear on the radio, but being to read and enjoy music that is not familiar to you. I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instructions accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, not matter their ability level.

LESSON STYLE

Nothing is more rewarding that seeing one of my students develop a love for music. Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting goals that are realistic and acknowledge when a student has reached a particular goal. This helps the student to become more eager to learn, more willing to spent that time each day practicing. I must know what inspires the student so that I can successfully tailor my teaching, my instruction to their wants and needs.

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