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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk

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Michael K In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk

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Ages Taught: 10-50
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BM, University of Texas at San Antonio, Music Marketing

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2015-2016 - Event Producer for UTSA Underground Music Festival 2015 - Elected President of UTSA's Musician of Business student organization 2014 - Performed on French National Television with UTSA Marching Band at 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Overview:
Hi, my name is Mike. I am from Boerne, TX and got a degree in Music Marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I played the trumpet in middle school, high school, and it was my primary instrument in college. I have also been playing the percussion, particularly drum set, for 15 years and it is still my favorite thing to do. I am apart of several classic rock bands where I perform locally and in surrounding cities. Music is my passion and I would love to help others fall in love with the trumpet, drums, or simply music itself.
EXPERIENCE
I have had quite a few teaching experiences throughout the past few years. In high school I was a section leader for three years in the marching band, and helped a group of around 15 trumpets with music and marching fundamentals. In college I was a staff member in the Spirit of San Antonio marching band for one year. I helped out the trumpet section with marching music and with the visual aspects of marching. I also gave a few beginning trumpet lessons to middle school students while in high school. While in college I gave a few friends private lessons on the drum set. I have had many great experiences while teaching, and I am excited for my future teaching endeavors.
METHODS USED
For my beginning trumpet students I always make sure to start them off with a solid warm up routine. I start them off with long tones which helps them to establish a great sound. Building a great trumpet sound is necessary, and happens by creating a warm up routine the student can do every day. In addition to long tones I will add in a few basic lip slurs from the Arban book to help the student learn how to keep that great sound while moving pitches. As far as music, I have them play out of the Essential Elements book for trumpet which has basic melodies in it which will allow them to focus on fingerings, articulations, and tone quality. In the lessons I make sure to model the proper trumpet sound so the student has a good reference to go off of. For my beginning drum set students I like to focus on their form and overall technique. I normally start off by teaching them the grip for the drum stick and the basic stroke. From there I will teach them basic rhythmic patterns found in styles such as rock, pop, and jazz. I will also teach them what the notation looks like for those rhythmic patterns. From there, I will have them read more advanced rhythmic patterns and exercises that contain those pattens in simple beginning percussion books. After this we will review harder repertoire that requires more advanced skills. In addition to this, I will give them listening assignments so they can learn different styles and have a model of they are supposed to play those styles.
LESSON STYLE
I highly encourage my students to listen to various artists so that they have a good example of what they are supposed to sound like. I also like to play in the lessons with my students so I can model things for them, and it gives them a concrete example of what to do, rather than just having an abstract idea of it. I also like to give them things to practice so they can get better in between lessons. I assign things they need help with and also encourage them to play things that they truly enjoy. If we get through everything we need to in the lesson, I save the end of the lesson for working on whatever the student is interested in playing. For instance, they might want to learn a random song or a cool pattern they heard in a song.
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