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BS, Southern New Hampshire University, Music Education, K-12 Certification
2018 - Presidents List Honors 2017 - Nevers' Second Regiment Band Dedicated Member Award for 5 years of continued service
I have been a passionate musician ever since I picked up the trombone in the 5th grade. That love of music has led me to pursue a degree in music education at Southern New Hampshire University. Music has been the driving force in my life and much of what I do revolves around music. I have dedicated much of my life to becoming a better musician and teacher and I look forward to extending my love of music to as many students as possible. Much of my time, when I am not teaching or learning, is spent playing in bands across the state. Most notable is the Nevers' Second Regiment Band, the oldest brass band in America, that operates out of Concord, where we put on many outdoor concerts throughout the summer.
I have been playing trombone since fifth grade, nearly 20 years of experience. I have about 15 years of experience playing the piano and I have learned the other brass instruments out of necessity for my music degree. I can teach trombone and piano at all levels and can teach trumpet, horn, and euphonium to the intermediate level. I always encourage regular practice. It is the only way one can gain experience and grow as a musician. I encourage students to be active in the music making process, in order to develop a love of music that will continue indefinitely.
For students beginning on any brass instrument, the Hal Leonard's Essential Elements is the go to for most music educators. I also try to find solo repertoire for students based on their age and level of experience. Performing as a soloist is just as important as being in an ensemble. The Rochut Legato Studies for trombone and Blahzevich Clef studies are also great tools for more advanced students. As for piano students, I try to determine what that student's musical interests are and tailor instruction to their particular level. The Faber and Bastion Piano Basics are two great methods for learning piano.
As a teacher, I try to make learning fun and imaginative. There is no better feeling than watching one's students grow as musicians. I think it is important to set realistic, yet challenging goals for my students. I try to find what musical styles my students like best and tailor instruction to fit their needs. Teaching is all about the student. It is my job to make learning enjoyable and to always encourage my students to learn new repertoire. I try to be imaginative every day and to keep my students on their toes. In addition, I believe that learning can only be done in a safe and inviting environment.
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