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Assosiates Music Education, SUNY Fredonia
Bachelor of Music Education, Concordia University
2015 - Original song published and professionally recorded This song also won in the Paramount Song Competition and honorable mention in Song Door 2015 song writing competition. 1988 & 89 - Honorable metion awards for 2 original songs - Music City Song Festival 2007 - present - Perform with Plant City Entertainment - Perform with Village Players 1976- Performed with Buffalo Opera Company (Pagliacci) 1973 - Performed at Lincoln Center, Jazz Band
I have been passionate about music since my early years. In 4th grade I picked up the Cello and then in 5th grade we were allowed to try band instruments and I never looked back. I chose the Baritone Horn and played all through elementary, junior and high school as well as it was my major instrument in college. As a junior in high school I taught myself to play both the trombone and guitar. Trombone became my minor instrument and expand my playing to orchestras and Jazz ensembles. I college I tried out for my first show as a performer on stage and have been doing ever since and continue to this day. I love the spotlights. I love sharing my enjoyment with students both as a teacher in the public schools and privately in a lesson environment. I enjoy writing music and have many songs in my portfolio over the years.
Among my numerous performing credits I have belonged to North Babylon Knights Drum Corps. Islanders Drum & Bugle Corps, High School & college Wind Ensembles, Orchestras (both classical & for musicals), Jazz bands, Hebrew choir, Opera and musicals in college ( stage). Currently perform musical an plays with Plant City Entertainment and The Village Players in Valrico as well as Brandon Stage Door. I have always felt that my teaching begins with my dedication and love for music. I encourage creativity but also stress the basics. Learn and perform as the music is written. This was a constant goal of my college professor and it has stuck with me to this day.
For beginning students I use instrument appropriate lesson books that teach the fundamentals of music, the instrument and progressively allows the student to feel comfortable with the sound and feel of the instrument. As they progress I begin introducing solo pieces and instruction to strengthen techniques, embouchure, sight reading, and theory abilities. For my older students I first see what their current level is and learn what their goals are. At this time I plan my lessons to meet their goals for the present and future.
Though I feel it is important that each student progress at a pace that it is comfortable for them, I expect each student to put forth the effort. The lesson should not be the only practicing that the student accomplishes during the week. It is important to practice daily. The lessons should be a place to show off your hard work. I stress slowing music down to assure the proper understanding of the rhythm and intonation of the music. I stress scales, theory, technique building as well as sight reading to help build the overall abilities of each student. The age and goal of each student determines the path we takes with each method.
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