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Course Work: Towson University
2019- Marine Youth Foundation/Marine Corps League Semper Fidelis Award
2019- Lansdowne High School Performing Arts Achievement Award
2019- Benfield Pops Orchestra Percussionist
2019- All Honors Jazz Orchestra 2019 Lead Player, Baltimore County
2018- All Honors Concert Band, Baltimore County
As a musician, I believe that while learning and making music it is important not only to learn the fundamental techniques required for the instrument, but to have fun while playing. Playing and making music should be an enjoyable past time for all people of all ages, without judgement because of skill level or genre. Because of these beliefs, I try to diversify my playing in all genres on many different instruments in order to remove any biases against genres, and learn the true art behind all types of music, no matter how simple it may be. As an educator, I believe that no matter the skill level of any musician, there is always room for improvement. Even if a beginner level student gives a performance and believes they have made many mistakes, there are a multitude of great things they have achieved in that performance, and many things to learn from and practice as well. Anybody should be able to make and love their music.
Since middle school, I have always loved helping friends with passages from solo and ensemble and band pieces, no matter the instrument. Whether it was rhythms, notes or intonation, even if I didn't know how to play the instrument yet, I would use a fingering chart and help them however I could. During high school, I would help beginner students that have never made a sound on an instrument learn the basics of what the instrument parts do, how to blow/buzz on the mouthpiece, and how to read music and play the instrument along with the music. Even though the students often wanted to give up and many times gave up, I would not give up on the student, and would continue to not only try to make a valuable learning experience, but an enjoyable one that they would remember forever. Once I began to teach private lessons, I kept the same mindset. If the student is having a bad day and not soaking in as much information, I would make sure that there was something new they could perform to ensure they felt some sort of progress and enjoyed their time, whether is was a piece with a new note, or a new fingering or technique. If the student is not having fun or does not feel that they are making progress, they will not remember the information as well and will begin to feel as if learning the instrument is a chore instead of an enjoyable diverse art form.
For students who are beginners, I usually start with the Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000 books. Not only are they a great source for fingering charts and basic instrument fundamentals, but they also offer great full band exercises in band balance and togetherness as well. Once the beginner student learns more fingerings and is able to read music from the book faster, I will give the student beginner etudes and studies to build their embouchure and fingering skills. After practice with those skills, I will give more challenging pieces and scale studies to start working on their proficiency on the instrument. The student will always get a choice in the amount of work and practice they would like to put in, but the more practice the better. Not only will my students get a choice in how much work they would like to put in, but also in what work they will be doing. If I recommend a piece that the student does not enjoy playing or is too difficult for them, I will accommodate their choice and give them a piece that better suits the student. For non-beginning players, I will look at the pieces they are already playing, and assist them in skills that still need work on their piece. After the piece they are already working on is better, I will assign more pieces and studies that will not only help them with skills that need work, but also improve the skills they are already great with. After many weeks of practicing new skills, I will assign harder pieces like full concertos or advanced jazz standards that will help their skills progress even further.
As an educator, it is important for me to not only see my students learn and become better musicians, but thrive and have a good time doing so. For a student to learn music, they have to not only want to learn the instrument, but be inspired. Because of this, I will be lenient with the amount of work and the amount of practice required, as to be flexible with the students schedule and choices. I will also make sure that the student is playing music that they can love and enjoy while play instead of getting frustrated. This way the student will enjoy learning and will soak in more knowledge instead of feeling that the work is homework instead of art.
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