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Berklee, Post Masters Fellow, 2018-2019 Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Masters in Jazz Performance, 2017-2018 The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, BFA in Jazz Performance, 2015-2017 The Hartt School, Jackie McLean Institute, Bachelor Degree in Jazz Performance, 2012-2014
Awarded the Matt Marvuglio Student of the year award, Berklee's Global Jazz Institute Awarded the Presidents Scholarship, The NewSchool for Jazz and Contemporary Music Awarded Partial Scholarship, The Hartt School- Jackie McLean Institute
I am a passionate and inspired music instructor in trombone, music theory, composition, arranging and beginner level piano technique. I graduated with my Master's Degree in Jazz Performance at Berklee's Global Jazz Institute I believe that music is a manifestation of the complexities of the human condition and can act as a conduit of change and inspiration. Communication through music enables expression, provides comfort, enlightenment, hope and optimism. Our role as educators is to provide the venue for learning and create an atmosphere of all-inclusive inspirational thought provocation.
I have a strong foundation in music education and have had the opportunity to teach privately, all ages and to lead large and small ensembles in rehearsals and performance. I have taught private lessons for years and all through my BFA as well as my Masters. I have experience leading my own groups and have co-lead on many occasions. I have in-depth training in performance and a vast body of original compositions. I have a deep commitment to providing effective instruction and mentoring to all students.
I create my own lesson plans specific to the students need and goals. There are core elements to my teaching that are constantly enforced, including my level of importance placed on rhythm and the aural tradition of music. Singing melodies, clapping rhythms and drum parts. Listening to music and talking and a gentle musical analysis of what we are hearing. I believe that everyone is first a person then a musician and then an instrumentalist. I teach out of the Rochut Melodious Etudes book 1 for both classical and jazz trombonist.
Upon first meeting me students I like to do an informal lesson to evaluate where they are in terms of technique on their instrument, knowledge of music fundamentals (harmony, theory and rhythm). At the beginning of each lesson I believe it's important to talk about what each student has been able to work on from the lesson before and each lesson ending in goals we would like to accomplish for the next meeting. It's important to check in with each student and adjust our pace and subject based on their needs. I have had students in high school playing in their school musicals and we have had to abandon our normal material in order to perfect the parts required for that group.
Keira is very patient, and helps with technique such as breathing, posture, and holding the trombone correctly. She also helps me to understand the instrument better and how to better care for it. Keira also helps me to understand the music, she doesn't just expect me to learn the notes. She is friendly, funny, and kind, but also very honest. I would highly recommend her.
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