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Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Joseph S In Home
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 9-80
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ABOUT
Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, The Hartt School, Saxophone Performance and Composition (Ongoing) BM, California State University, Fullerton, Saxophone Performance (2016)

Awards:

2017-Finalist in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Concerto Competition 2017-First Place in MTNA Young Artist Competition for Connecticut State 2017-First Place in MTNA Chamber Music Competition for Connecticut State

Overview:
I am a performer, composer, and educator who loves inspiring and cultivating a passion for music in my students. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Cal State Fullerton in 2017, and moved out to CT to pursue my Master's degree at the Hartt School and study with Carrie Koffman. I love performing in competitions, as a solo performer, and in chamber ensembles. I've also had opportunities to perform around the country and the world including California, China, and New York.
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching for the past five years. My favorite part of being a teacher is seeing my students take the initiative in their musical studies and discovering break throughs in our lessons. Many of my students have participated in several honor bands and competitions, and I make it a point to steer them in that direction. In my experience the best place a musician can be is surrounded by musicians that raise their standards of excellence. I've had many teachers over my career as a musician on many different instruments, from many different backgrounds. I make it my point to synthesize all of these different methods into a common groundwork for my students.
METHODS USED
For students that are beginners in music, I use the Essential Elements and Rubank methods to teach them how to read music as well as their instrument. For more advanced students, I place more of an emphasis on the fundamentals of the instrument specifically developing a warm, beautiful sound and establishing a vast technical facility. All of my students are expected to keep a practice journal as way to encourage logging their own progress and goals. For my adult students, the goals are more personal but the methods are very similar.
LESSON STYLE
Playing music is fun! Lessons should reflect that. One of the things I learned in my studies was to hold my students to their own standard of excellence instead of trying to have them meet my own. In addition to all of the technical aspects of playing an instrument, the greatest asset a musician has is their musical concept of sound. I highly encourage all of my students to listen to the greatest players of their respective instruments. And to that end I also play with my students as well. Playing music during lessons is far more productive than talking.
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Melanie Tucker

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He's very knowledgeable and meets Lily where she is to teach her in a way that works for her.

Review posted on Jul 05, 2018
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