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Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues

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Kevin G In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, Belmont University, Commercial Music

BM, University of Illinois, Jazz Studies 

Awards:

2014: Master's Thesis: "Contermporary Jazz Composition: A Comprehensive Study of Six Jazz Composers from 1954-2013"

2014: Belmont University Graduate Teaching Assistant

2013: Performed with Belmont University Jazz Band I at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

2012 - Performed on furst full-length album as a member of Dynamo

2012 - Performed with the Chip Stephen's Combo at the Chicago Jazz Showcase

Overview:

In 2012 I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies. Since then, I have moved to Nashville, earned my Master's Degree from Belmont University in 2014, and have began my professional career as a freelance saxophonist. I have had the chance to perform and record in some of Nashville's most historic venues and recording studios. I believe music is a powerful tool of individual expression, and I want to help my students achieve that same spirit in their own playing.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching privately for about four years. Most recently, I was awarded the Graduate Teaching Position at Bemont University for my final semester. I was in charge of weekly instruction for seven students, conducting both classical and commercial seminars, and leading Jazz Band and Small Group. I make it a point to have a healthy balance between the student's interests as a player as well as what I feel are essential qualities inherent in the instrument's performance practice. It is a rewarding experience to help a student achieve same passion I have for music, and to help them reach their musical goals.

METHODS USED

First, I believe it is important all students have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of the instrument, which may include some scale exercises, for example. Once we achieve a basic level, we can move along to some solo repertoire, etudes, and tunes that target a specific area to keep lessons fun and engaging, all while reaffirming subjects learned previously. Regarding jazz and improvisation, lessons will cover a broad spectrum, ranging from modal improvisation, to bebop and postmodern styles, all while focusing on harmonic functionality and individual expression.  

LESSON STYLE

Above all else, music is supposed to be fun. I want my students to be excited about learning new things each week. Music is also a collaborative practice, so I think it is important for the student and the teacher to play together in a supportive environment to help reaffirm the week's lesson. I understand that each student is different, and weekly assignments will be given accordingly.This will require a reasonable weekly goal so that students can see their progress and feel good about their accomplishments, inspiring them to continue playing and learning. 

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