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2000 - Vermont Orchestra Composer of the Year
I am a retired professor of music with over 25 years of teaching experience and I love to share my experience with students who are eager to learn and grow. I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Music Education, from Radford University with a master's degree in Music, and from Kent State University with a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition. I enjoy helping students reach their musical goals. I teach lessons for trumpet and voice and can tutor students in music theory and ear-training.
I have taught music for most of my adult life. I have taught classes as well as group and private lessons for brass instruments, voice, beginning piano and guitar. I have been doing more private lessons now that I am retired and have taught a variety of students of different ages and levels. I like to find out what a student's personal and musical goals are early on and then focus the lessons on achieving those goals. All I ask is that the student is dedicated to his or her studies so that his or her musical goals can be met.
I prefer to do half-hour lessons for beginners and young musicians. After more lessons can be prepared, forty-five minute or hour long lessons are more appropriate. For trumpet students, I rely heavily on the Arban method for the essentials and then add other materials depending on the student's goals. For voice students, I begin with a vocal exercise book and a collection of songs to learn. For all my students, I encourage you to bring in your own materials to work on as well. The goal of each lesson is to learn, grow, and have fun.
In the first lesson, I like to find out about my student's goals. Regular lessons usually consist of reviewing exercises, etudes, and songs that were assigned from the previous lesson and then making adjustments as needed. The goal is to develop technique as well as overall musicianship so that every piece of music is played or sung well and beautifully. I like to follow an outline of skills basic to the instrument and to making good music but often adjust lessons based on the student's ability and personal goals,
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