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US Army Bandsman 1981-2005
Baylor University Organ Performance
Penn State University
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 1985, I graduated from the US Army College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano-Clarinet Performance. Performing all over the world has been one of the greatest experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity touring the United States and Europe with several performances as the principal clarinetist with the United States Army Band. I also enjoyed studying at Penn State University and Baylor University for Organ Performance.
My teaching experience dates back to post college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time some 33 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio and at church for the last 23 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the piano, clarinet and organ and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with John Thompson's Method. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level. Depending on whether it is piano, organ, or clarinet changes methodology for the student.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. A well rounded lesson experience provides each student with the best chance for success.
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