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Master of Music, Trombone Performance, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana Bachelor of Music Education, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Sally and Don Lucas Musicians & Composers Fellowship, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California 2016 The Watermill Center: International Summer Program, Watermill, NY, Artist in Residence 2014
I’m a creative musician based in Memphis, Tennessee. I am a classical/jazz trombonist by training with additional experience as a composer, singer-songwriter and electronic musician. I live in the Cooper-Young area of Midtown, Memphis and teach from my home. I have equipment such as music stands, supplemental materials, and a few extra instruments that I can provide during a lesson. I have 3 rescue pets, including Pierre the cat, Norman the hedgehog, and Jolene the chicken who all love music as well. I am available for lessons most afternoons. I have been a musician all of my life and look forward to sharing my knowledge with new students!
I began teaching through my high school mentorship program in Texas during the early 2000s. Since then I have obtained my Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University, as well as a Master's degree in Trombone Performance. I did a semester of student teaching with the award winning Argyle High School band program in Argyle, Texas in 2012. I have additional experience teaching at the college level by providing weekly lessons to music students who played trombone as a graduate teaching assistant. Since then, I teach music theory and ear training both in person and online as an adjunct instructor of music at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I currently reside in Memphis, where I am building my studio and work base. I encourage my students to think creatively while continuing to practice their craft. I believe that music can be a very rewarding art form through the right amount of focus and openness to learn.
For beginning students, such as children I focus on developing strong fundamentals such as air control, mouthpiece blowing, and hand-eye coordination with their instrument. This slowly moves into rhythm and pitch reading for beginners. Intermediate to advanced students build on these fundamentals and also have the privilege of learning repertoire with performance possibilities. For adults I like to see what suits their personal interests and then work together to achieve their goals through mentorship and collaboration.
I love the feeling of seeing my students achieve personal growth. I genuinely take the time to encourage each student to develop at their own pace, with focused guidance toward challenging yet realistic goals. Each lesson builds upon previous ones while continuing to address fundamentals and music reading. I like to work in a spiral curriculum where concepts repeat and grow towards higher levels of achievement. I feel that each student's wants and needs should be their primary learning achievements. I can then shape my instruction towards each students goals, encouraging a desire to progress.
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