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Course Work: Texas A&M University
My name is Jenna G and I am currently a senior at Texas A&M University (Whoop!). Music has been an important part of my life since I started playing piano in 2005. Clarinet became my primary instrument when I started band in middle school, and since then I have had incredible experiences both in teaching music and with performing. I am currently the principal clarinetist in the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, but I have also had the privilege to play with the Texas All-State Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017 at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention, with the A&M Wind Symphony at Midwest in Chicago in 2019.
Teaching clarinet and piano has been the most rewarding part of my musical journey. I started by teaching masterclasses to high school students in 2017, and from there I began teaching lessons in the Bryan/College Station area. I have taught middle school and high school level students ranging from beginners to advanced level students. Outside of music, I am also a teacher at a daycare, so I work with small children on a daily basis! I would love to teach all ages, as I feel it is never too early or too late to learn about music. My students are encouraged to prepare for auditions and recitals as well as practicing music theory and composition for a deeper appreciation of the art. Despite the success of my students over the years, my number one goal is to instill a love for music that only grows over time.
Beginner clarinet students usually start with the Hendrickson Method for Clarinet Book One. This book teaches the most basic fundamentals all the way through advanced techniques while also giving the student a chance to learn more about music as a whole. Once the fundamentals are mastered, solo repertoire will be introduced for recitals or competitions. The more involved a student is in outside ensembles or musical activities, the more variation we have in lesson time! Lessons can range from fun to rigorous based on a student's goals!
My number one goal with lessons is to teach my students how incredible music is. Learning an instrument is so much easier when you have a passion for it, and that's what I try to show my students. I take my students' goals and develop a plan based around their future with the instrument. If a student wants to be competitive, I tailor my instruction towards being successful in auditions. If a student plays as a hobby but wants to broaden their horizons with repertoire, we work on fundamentals and exposure to new styles of music. I want to allow my students to grow as musicians as well as achieve their own individual goals, all while gaining an appreciation for the art that music really is.
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