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BSCS, Sacramento State University
High School Honor Band Marched in Pasadena Rose Parade
The first instrument I learned to play was piano. I remember crawling up onto the bench and learning to read music before I could read books. Interests changed, a child grew up, but the piano was always there.
Elementary school brought the recorder in 5th grade and the flute in 6th grade. I discovered a passion for playing and performing with my friends. We created flute choirs, trios, duets, whoever was available to play.
My high school band performed in the Rose Parade, at a 49ers Halftime show, and many other concerts and parades. I made the county Honor Band my senior year in high school. As an adult I have to continued to play at home and in community bands. Branched out into the saxophone a few years ago and had a lot of fun with a saxophone quartet.
About 10 years ago I had the opportunity to teach beginning band to elementary school students in Fremont. Quickly picked up a used trumpet, clarinet and trombone and taught myself to play them so I could teach the students. And now I have branched into teaching piano as well.
Started teaching my daughters and my niece piano and flute. Then an opportunity came along to be a Beginning and Intermediate Band Teacher for the Fremont School District. Had to quickly learn clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn and percussion, at least well enough to get a 10 year old started. It was great fun, I got to work with many enthusiastic students, and perform simple and more complex tunes for their parents, for about 8 years. I moved to the Brentwood / Antioch area 2 years ago and branched into private lessons. Focusing on my strongest instruments, piano, flute, saxophone and clarinet.
For piano, I like to start with the Faber Piano Adventures. My First Piano for the little ones who are just learning notation. Then books 1, 2 and 3 for older students. I spend most time on the Lesson books. If you have a favorite genre, we will do our best to find the right music for you.
For woodwind students, I am most familiar with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, but we can work with other books if you already started on a different one. Again, we can pull out solos from lots of other areas to add interest.
Every teacher has their own teaching style and every student has their best learning style. We try to find our happy match. I have many tools in my belt, flash cards, puzzles, achievement charts, rewards, concerts, demonstrations. Even meeting with other students to try ensemble music. Want to try a duet? A trio? A quartet? As we get to know each other, we can learn what tools and rewards achieve the best results and go from there. And don't forget to have fun. What's the point of music if it isn't fun?
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