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BA, History, Music minor, Furman University
2005-2008 - South Carolina All-State Band
2008-2012 - Music Scholarship - Furman University
I love playing and teaching the trumpet. I spent much of my time growing up involved in various musical endeavors, and performed with numerous ensembles in college. While I did not pursue a music degree, I continued to study under professional musicians, and worked diligently at my craft. Music is not my career, but it is a passion that I enjoy greatly outside of my DC office. I have performed with a wide range of groups, but have found the most enjoyment from teaching students that are just beginning their musical lives.
My teaching experience began in my high school band, when I helped younger students who were just starting out. Having been the beneficiary of wonderful music lessons myself, I could easily see their importance and began to apply the techniques that had been taught to me. Most of my experience teaching is with younger students and beginners, though I have worked with intermediate-level students as well. I enjoy helping students transition from awkward beginnings into true musicians. I have taught students trumpet lessons from ages 8 to 18 with great success. Several of my former students have performed in local honor bands and received awards after their time with me. I have a tried and tested methods for success that will work with any trumpet student. I will adapt them the best way possible to fit your student. I always put the needs of my individual students first, and will remain committed regardless.
My methods depend upon the student's level of ability. I also adapt to requirements that musical groups, such as a school band class, might have. While I have my own preferences for books, I am certainly happy to work with one that a school or other group requires. For beginning students, I start out with my own personal exercises that are designed to lay the groundwork for a trumpet player's range, endurance, and musicality. I incorporate basic sightreading, scales, and musical literacy into this. For students with a bit of experience, I have an advanced version of this, which I usually pair with H.L. Clarke's "Techincal Studies for Trumpet/Cornet" and Vincent Cichowicz's "Flow Studies". Depending on the student's level of ability, I might also include parts of Arban's "Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet" or Vacchiano's "Trumpet Routines". I use the most time-tested trumpet literature to teach, and adapt my exercises and books to each student individually.
The most important elements of my teaching style are patience and consistency. It takes time and a great deal of repetition to become a good musician, as my own experience attests to. I encourage my students to set goals that start small and gradually increase over time, and are consistent with their time commitment. I am very flexible, and can adapt to each student's particular needs with ease. My methods are best demonstrated in person though!
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