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BM, Towson University, Trombone Performance
I was born and raised in the Baltimore area and was lucky enough to be part of a family full of musicians. Piano lessons began in kindergarten and I started the trombone at age 11. Little did I know at the time that it would be a huge part of my life! I have been a professional musician for 8 years and have traveled all over the world doing in. I graduated from Towson University in 2007 and immediately won a job performing with the Tony and Emmy Award-Winning show Blast! While with the show, I was a part of 3 Japan Tours, 2 USA Tours, and a two-week run of Ocean Blast Fever at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea. In between tours, I was lucky enough to work on several cruise ships with several companies performing in their show orchestras. We played everything from jazz standards to dixieland sets to musical productions. This opportunity has taken me to over 300 cities in over 45 countries. I currently am a member of Presidio Brass, a professional touring brass quintet that travels all over the country to perform concerts and hold musical clinics for students. We are a huge advocate of music education and our main goal is to inspire young musicians. For more information about me, you can also visit my website at jeffharrigan.weebly.com.
During my college years, I taught local middle school and high school students in between classes and reherasals. Most of my students stayed with me for a 1-2 years, often leaving because of graduation and college plans. I sincerely enjoy witnessing the progress in young musicians and the best moment is when a teacher can physically see the light switch go on! I chose to become a member of Presidio Brass because of their educational goals. Every show that we do, we hold an hour long clinic with the students where we can instruct them, give them a few lessons, and answer any and every question they have for us! It is truly the perfect mix of teaching and performing and I couldn't be happier doing it.
I am a huge believer in making music fun. If it's not fun, it's not worth doing. Making music fun is a simple matter and once it becomes fun, kids want to practice and they want to get better and they want to join their school bands. I realized early on that I am a visual learner. I am a big advocate of not just teaching students verbally, but also being able to show them. The best teacher a student can get is themselves. Recording your sound is the best way to get better. The tape recorder is in every lesson so the student can immediately hear what is coming out of the other end of their instrument. Technology is making incredible strides and the music industry is no exception. There are incredible tools on iphones and ipads from tuners to metronomes to recording apps. I'm a fan of using these tools and teaching students how to get the most out of them.
The most important relationship is one between a student and a teacher. I like to be extremely approachable and easy going so everyone can be as comfortable as possible. I make myself easily accessible, whether it be with phone calls, text messages, emails, etc. I am fair and respectful to all of my students (The Golden Rule!) and I am extremely detail-oriented and organized so there is always a plan and a goal in place for every lesson.
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