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MM, Yale School of Music, Trombone Performance BM, Eastman School of Music, Trombone Performance
2015 - 2016 Principal Trombone, SONG Symphony Orchestra, Seoul, Korea 2014 - 2015 Assistant Principal Trombone, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina 2013 - Eastern Trombone Workshop Quartet Competition Winner 2009 - International Trombone Association Solo Competition Finalist, Aaruhus, Denmark 2006 & 2008 - Rembrandt Chamber Players Chamber Music Competition Winner, Chicago, IL
My name is Kevin. I am a professional trombonist and teacher based in the Chicagoland area. I hold degrees in music performance from the Eastman School of Music (BM, 12’) and the Yale School of Music (MM, 14’). I have been performing and teaching around the world for nearly 15 years. I have played professionally with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, S.O.N.G Symphony Orchestra (Seoul, Korea), Sarajevo Philharmonic (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina), Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and National Repertory Orchestra.
I have been teaching part-time for the last nine years. My passion for teaching comes from the amazing tutelage that I received as a young musician. The mentors that I was lucky enough to have taught me that music lessons are not only for acquiring the skills to learn an instrument. Music teaches discipline, work ethic, focus, problem solving, compassion, history, you name it. I have the skills and know how to teach an instrument and music, but I believe in the philosophy that music can teach us so much more as well. I not only hope to produce good musicians, but good people.
Depending on the level of the student, there is a sequence over time of method and etude books that I use in my lessons. I also incorporate solo repertoire and encourage my students to take part in activities such as the IMEA Solo and Ensemble Competitions. Regardless of the students ability, teaching fundamentals of the instrument are my priority. I encourage students to practice daily, so that our lessons together can be as fun and productive as possible. It is important to me that my students want to be helped and want to learn. I encourage students to be inquisitive and interested in what they are learning. I make sure to tailor my teaching approach, so that I can best teach each individual student.
The point of music is to have fun creating art, sharing that gift, all while learning a skill that not many others are able to learn, but here are so many other benefits from what you learn that can be utilized for the rest of your life. These lessons include, but are not limited to discipline, work ethic, focus, problem solving, compassion, historical knowledge, and countless others. I am aware that not every person I teach will continue playing music for the rest of their lives, but if I can instill some of those above stated principles into my students, then that is a success in my book. I feel that setting reachable goals and expectations for my students and expecting them to put in time, effort, and work in order to fulfill those goals is one of the most beneficial things I can pass on.
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