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Professional Certificate: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bachelor Degree: Southern Methodist University
2nd and Eb Clarinet - Eugene Symphony Orchestra
Clarinet Fellow - 2017 Miami Classical Music Festival
Clarinet Fellow - 2017 Hot Springs Music Festival
I have been playing the clarinet since 2007, and have been involved in teaching since 2016. I graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and am currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Chamber Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. My primary teachers are Todd Levy, Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Paul Garner, Associate Principal and Eb Clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Currently, I serve as the 2nd and Eb Clarinetist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.
I began teaching the clarinet in 2016 at Highland Park High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 7 of my 8 students in 2016 placed in the TMEA Region Band, and another 2 went on to the 5A TMEA All-State Symphonic Band. In 2017, I had another student place in the 5A TMEA All-State Symphonic Band. I took up an additional job teaching at William B Travis TAG Academy in Dallas, where I taught beginners and 7th graders. Two of my students placed in the Dallas All-City Band. I take great pride in the success of my students. I have been very fortunate throughout my career to have been helped by a number of great teachers, and I hope I can make the same impact in my student's lives.
For beginning students, whether they are children or adults, I begin instruction with the Hal Leonard Essential Elements book for Clarinet. Once they have made their way through that book, I move onto the Rubank Beginner or Intermediate Method book, depending on how they have progressed. Around this time, I introduce my younger students to solo repertoire for clarinet. For adult students, I try to gauge their interest and instruct accordingly, whether they are performing in their church or community band, or simply playing for pleasure. My advanced students perform solo repertoire, and work from various technique and etude books such as the Rose 32 Etudes, Baermann Method, and Klose Method.
My main goal as a teacher is to instill a passion and appreciation for music, as well as to teach a sense of work ethic. I don't expect that all of my students follow on to becoming a professional musician, however I do expect that my students achieve realistic goals and progress at their own individual pace. I try to not be overly formal with my students- I want them to feel comfortable and un-intimidated. It's my goal to find a balance between pushing my students and making sure that they feel appreciated and happy with their progress.
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