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BA, North Park University Chicago
Spanish Language Certificate, Costa Rican Language Academy
-North Park University "Most Outstanding Musician Award" 2016
-North Park University music merit scholarship 2012-2016
-Beaverton High School Louis Armstrong Award "Top Senior Jazz Award" 2012
I have played trumpet for 14 years. Music has always been a passion of mine, and I love instilling that passion into my students. I was the lead trumpet player and soloist for North Park University’s Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band. My senior year I was the first non-music major to ever be awarded ‘Most Outstanding Musician’ in Jazz Ensemble. I received this for repeated high level of musical performance, and mentoring younger musicians within the band. Since moving to Denver I have been playing professionally with many local bands of various genres (Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, and Gospel). Some names include: The Sammy Mayfield Blues Band, The Duke Street Kings, Olde Town Arvada Swing Band, and Zing Big Band.
I have taught trumpet lessons for six years. In college I taught trumpet lessons to my younger peers and now, outside of Musika, I teach music lessons at The Sun Valley Youth Center in Denver. I teach trumpet lessons to inspire students to love music, while developing their technique and musicianship. If my students don't love practicing trumpet at home then I've done something wrong! I believe music is foundational in a young person’s development because it hones important skills for life success. Self-discipline, creativity, and collaboration are essential to becoming a great musician.
The primary trumpet method book I use to teach lessons is "Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet" by Jean-Baptiste Arban. Regardless of a student's ability level this book has hundreds of pages of exercises to develop trumpeter skills. The most important thing I develop with beginning students is tone. Once a beautiful sound is developed within a student's repertoire a myriad of other problems go away, and the student learns exponentially faster. With more advanced students, I work with them to figure out what they would like to improve on as an all around musician and not just a trumpet player. Advanced students can expect to improve their tone, range, reading, ear, and improvisation skills.
I model my teaching style after the best trumpet teachers I have had throughout the years. For younger students I like to take short breaks in the lesson and play music of various genres from my tablet to get them interested in trumpet and enjoy the sound of how it fits in with different genres of music. Once a young student loves hearing trumpet and develops a passion for music, practicing becomes fun and then they develop into a good trumpet player quickly. For older students, I like making checklists for ways they think they should develop as a trumpet player. Each lesson we will work on those areas and I will assign exercises and methods for them to practice at home. The following lesson we will further develop those exercises and methods.
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