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Instruments: Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Recorder, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Musical Theater, Funk, Hip Hop, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Marching Band

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Michael F In Home In Studio
Instruments: Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Recorder, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Musical Theater, Funk, Hip Hop, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Marching Band

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BME, University of Nebraska, Music Education (expected 2016) Université Européenne de Saxophone, 2014

Awards:

2013 University of Nebraska Creative Pursuit Travel Grant Recipient

2012 Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps - Contrabass

2011 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps - Contrabass

Overview:

I have been lucky enough to have been studying music since I was very little, and so it's now my drive and motivation to share all the lessons, insights, and wonders I've learned from studying a wide variety of instruments and types of music. I'm in my final year of a Music Education degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Music Technology minor. I've been trained as a singer (both as an adult Baritone as well as a soloist Boy Soprano) and as a Saxophonist (all varieties) formally, and a Drum Corps International educated brass player. I have a special passion for working with individuals with special needs.

EXPERIENCE

I've been blessed to have a very diverse variety of music and teaching job experiences. I began teaching private lessons as a Middle School Music Mentor with the Lied Center for Performing arts for LPS students my first year of University. Since then, I've also worked as a Visual and Music Tech for Lincoln High School's marching band, judged the Links Marching Band Contest, worked as a substitute Para Educator in Special Education in the middle, high school, and vocational school settings, and was the Music Director for the 2014 Penguin Project production of Annie Jr., the winner of a Mayor's Arts Award for that year. My teaching philosophy is centered around creating a love for music and the skills to pursue individual musical interests effectively. The goal is to become a "musician", not just learn the rudiments of playing an instrument or singing properly. Thus, I include a lot of focus on expressive musicality - even early on - as well as a deliberate and purposeful inclusion of history, culture, and related topics; even some psychology! Learning music is a process of mentorship and exploration, and that's how I like to teach.

METHODS USED

In beginning students, it's always important to start out working with a methods book; they're a great starting and reference point. Additionally, we'll need a second book of excerpts and exercises for consistency. The specific book that we'll work out of depends on what sorts of music you like: classical, jazz, pop, music theatre, and so on. Even from the onset, you should make the kinds of music, style, and sounds you like the most. As the fundamental skill set (tone, technique, strength, etc) is built, we'll slowly include more solo works to develop a performable repetoire. This applies to all ages; regardless of your ability level, you need to be practicing the fundamentals of the instrument, as well as the fundamentals of music (making a joyful noise!), and finally the fundamentals of performance practice (learning & practicing effecting performance).

LESSON STYLE

I grew up with a Pianist and Music Theory Professor as a mother; I learned to read music at the same time as I learned to read English. Music has never lost that early childhood sense of wonder for me, and so it's my primary goal to share that with others. More importantly, I want to help people of all ages develop their own musical voice and directive. So my teaching style is a combination of 2 things: Teaching a student how to practice (that is, improve their fundamental skill set towards mastery of an instrument) their instrument, and helping the student develop their musical identity and interests. Nobody wants to practice drills or scales for no reason; my lessons are taught so that the skills we're developing help you make the music is within you and drives you.

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