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Instruments: Piano, Trumpet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk

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Kai S In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Master's of Music, New England Conservatory, Jazz Studies '13 - '15

Bachelor's of Music, New England Conservatory, Jazz Studies '09 - '13 (3.6 GPA)

H.S. Diploma, Siuslaw High School '09 (3.75 GPA)    

Awards:

2013 - Full Tuition Merit Scholarship to New England Conservatory for M.M.

2012 - Performed with Kim Bum Soo (Korean pop star) @ Carnegie Hall

2011 - Played in the Disneyland All American College Band during the summer

2009 - Full Tuition Scholarship New England Conservatory for B.M.

2009 - Lead Trumpet for Jazz Band of America sponsored by Yamaha

 

Overview:

Hello, and thanks for reading about me!  I recently graduated from New England Conservatory with a BM in Jazz Studies.  Next Fall I will be pursuing a Master's degree from the Conservatory on a full merit based scholarship.  I play lead, jazz, classical, and all sorts of pop music.  You may find me around Boston playing in musicals, rock clubs, jazz big bands, a small restaurant with a trio, or even subbing in a local orchestra. I have performed with the Miguel Zenon Quartet, Kim Bum Soo, Jason Moran's Band Wagon, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Arturo Sandoval, Jiggs Whigham, Rick Baptist, John Clayton, Tiger Okoshi, Bob Brookmeyer, and the Boston Brass among others. And I have studied with Laurie Frink, Jerry Bergonzi, Wayne Bergeron, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Bonilla, John McNeil, Steve Emery, Tiger Okoshi, and Wayne Naus.

EXPERIENCE

As a highschooler I was very motivated to help the young musicians of the Middle School.  I would dedicate a period of my day to running sectionals and teaching students in the Middle and High School.  Though I was never paid for this work, as I was just fine doing it for free, I learned much about effective and ineffective ways of communication in teaching.  During college I would help the youth prep school jazz band by being a behavior role model, playing in the section, and running sectionals. I feel that as a teacher it's my job to inspire and motivate the student to pursue their instrument.  As a young person I had many great teachers and influences which kept me on the right path.  This experience shapes my ideal model of the teacher I hope to be.

METHODS USED

I have learned several approaches to the instrument from various teachers.  I believe that to understand the instrument and command the instrument takes firstly knowing your own body and secondly knowing the way you learn.  Myself and the student will progessively grasp this understanding through certain exercises such as journaling or whatever we may come up with! This is a checklist for being a stud at Trumpet: Get that air goin', and the blood pumpin'! Get that face warmed up to lift copious amounts of iron! Make them fingers fly! Make the brain light up! And make completely awesome music!

LESSON STYLE

I am always continuing to expand my potential as a musician and as a human being.  I feel that self-knowledge equates largely to the quality and meaning of music when expressed.  Technical abilities are very important of course as they set the limitations of self-expression, though many seem to overlook the deeper purposes and benefits of music. I myself love my craft.  From music I gain an intellectual rise through analysis, a creative outlet through improvising and composing, and a great understanding of how my body functions most effectively.  Trumpet is a workout, you should know!

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