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Montgomery College, Music/ art general studies
I am a very patient and enthusiastic instructor who loves working with students just being introduced to the instrument, or already passionate about it. I'm a semester away from graduating with an associate degree from Montgomery College, where I studied Jazz and a touch of orchestral percussion. I've been playing in bands since I was about 13, and have now played over 200 shows as well as toured most of the eastern half of the US. I've also played on quite a few studio albums as of now, and continue to do studio work around the area.
My teaching experience consists of spending a year teaching mostly kids, as well as assisting with an elementary school band. I had also studied with a private instructor myself for about 11 years, so I've learned a lot from him. I also spent some time working with the Stages of Healing program at the Walter Reed Military hospital, this was a program that featured artists of all kinds to do workshops and performances for the patrons of the hospital, it also worked closely with a lot of people involved in music therapy.
My approach for newer students is to try to encourage their interest as well as to develop a good practice habit. I do this by having the students pick out songs that interest them, and work towards, taking it step by step through the rudiments to get there, and then side by side working on an approach of learning songs and practicing rudiments to be utilized in their playing. Keeps it fun and practical! For more developed students, I utilize various books that I have worked through as well as learning music, different styles, rudiments, but also adapting to help improve the weaknesses in the playing or improve in the respective areas they'd like to work on. I also utilize a mindfulness approach to one's own playing in order to deepen awareness for the individuals playing itself and listening to the other instruments in a musical context.
I strive to remain open and adaptable to each student's personality and playing style. I take a relaxed, focused approach to discipline so as to keep a positive environment and a positive connection to the instrument. I think it's important to set goals high, and then break it down into more realistic stepping stones to get there. First and foremost I think instruments are meant to be fun and fueled by passion, so the goal is to encourage that as well as a disciplined practice routine that will serve well in all aspects of music for any level one plans to take it.
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