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MM - University of Denver - Music Performance with Emphasis in Jazz
BM - Metropolitan State University of Denver - Music Performance
2014 - Pi Kappa Lambda Nominee (National Music Honor Society)
Hello! My name is Larry and I have been playing music for over 20 years. I began my musical journey at a young age and have been fascinated with it ever since. I hold a Bachelor's of Music in Woodwind Performance and a Master's of Music also in Woodwind Performance. I have studied both Classical and Jazz music as well as numerous other genres. Over the years I have performed with numerous national acts and have been involved with several professional groups tha influence my playing and teaching style. I believe that with discipline, practice, and dedication, anyone is capable of being a great musician!
I completed a Master’s Degree in Music (Saxophone Performance) with an emphasis in Jazz Studies in 2016 from the Lamont School of Music and have experience working with underprivileged students with varying income backgrounds. I approach teaching students with an individual needs based curriculum and am mindful of their ability and goals. The experience I have gained from performing saxophone on a professional level in multiple musical situations will aide in preparing students for a career in the music industry.
My approach is different for each student. A curriculum will be designed around the student's needs, skill level, music reading ability, musical interests, and age level. I am capable of teaching a student as much as they are willing to learn. We will not only learn a piece of music, but will dive into what makes the piece interesting to the student and the theory of music. Each student will have an active role in their musical education and as a result, students tend to be more motivated to learn and succeed.
My teaching style is completely based around being down to earth with the student and to make sure that they are comfortable with the learning process. A student will be guided, not forced to apply themselves and be an active part of their musical growth. If a student begins to lose interest on a given piece of music we will assess what is not working and make sure to continue in a new direction that will keep them engaged. Depending on the student's goals, we will apply various levels of music theory to aide in the further understanding of a piece they are currently working on.
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