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Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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Laura R In Home In Studio
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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

BM Berklee College of Music, Professional Music(emphasis on performance and business)

Awards:

Instrumentalists Magazine Musicianship Award

Berklee Judges Choice Award

IAJE special citation for outstanding musicianship

The Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence and Scholarship

Patrick S. Gilmore Concert Band Award

 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant Recipient

Overview:

Learning to play a musical instrument well is an act of mind, body, and soul.  The mind becomes strong and powerful.  The body learns how to do what the mind tells it to.  And, the soul is expressed with the tools you have learned.   From the first time I knew I wanted to play music, I have had nothing but enthusiasm for learning how to express myself through art.  I have not only grown to play what I want to play, but I have grown as a person.  I have learned self-discipline, the glory of success, and the joy of doing what I love.  BUT, the most gratifying aspect of music is sharing it with others through performance and teaching.

EXPERIENCE

I have been playing saxophone and clarinet for 17 years, have 10 years professional performance experience, and have taught private lessons for 6 years.  At Berklee College of Music I majored in professional music with an emphasis on saxophone performance and minored in music business.  I was a member of the Contemporary Wind Orchestra and the Bob Marley touring ensemble.   I was a member of the recording and performing New England band Weight of Gravity.  I wrote my own parts and recorded an album with the group, which won Best New Album in 2010 in the Turtle Boy Music awards in Worcester, MA. (weightofgravity.com) I specialize in jazz theory, improvisation, classical repertoire, saxophone technique, performance techniques, and band promotion.  I have studied with George Garzone, Dino Govoni, Walter Beasley, and Jeff Harrington.  

METHODS USED

Students will be given weekly assignments for home practice that will solidify the in lesson program.  These practice sessions are a necessary discipline to see improvement.  Students will be required to purchase the current lesson book assigned by the teacher, a metronome, tuner, manuscript paper(music paper), and a mechanical pencil(nothing worse than notating music with a dull pencil!)   Typical lesson books: Yamaha books levels 1-3 Rubank Method Books Lennie Niehaus "Concepts In Jazz" Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method Jerry Bergonzi Inside Improvisation Series Berklee Practice Method: Getting Your Band Together Blues Improvisation Complete  

LESSON STYLE

Did you know breathing is the fundamental element to playing any instrument?  If you are relaxed and breathing music will come easily as you learn the building blocks.  Focus on breath increases focus in all areas as you learn the fundamentals of your chosen instrument.   Students will learn breathing and relaxation techniques throughout all of the music technique instruction. Do you have a favorite band or song that has inspired you to play an instrument?  Let me know.  We will work your studies around your interests to make your experience as fulfilling and fun as possible.  Music should be fun!!

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