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Currently pursuing DMA, Rutgers University, Trumpet Performance MM, University of North Texas, Trumpet Performance BM, Kyungwon University (S.Korea), Trumpet Performance
2007-2008 - University of North Texas, College of Music Scholarship
I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I am originally from Seoul, Korea and came to the U.S.A. back in 2006 to study at the University of North Texas for my master degree. During the years at the UNT, I was taught by the legendary trumpet teacher, Keith Johnson and worked with world-renowned band conductors such as Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher. I started studies for my DMA at the Rutgers University from 2016 and I am working with one of the great orchestra trumpet players, Kenneth DeCarlo. I have been actively performing with various ensembles such as Bergen Symphony and Bravura Philharmonic.
I began teaching private lessons from 2001 and I have been teaching various age groups from elementary students to seniors. Since each student has totally different musical backgrounds and goals, to understand the needs of individual student is crucial factor for me. For example, I had been working for a brass band for blind boys and girls. As one can imagine, a instructor should use totally different approaches for them to teach trumpet performance. I have many experience as a trumpet instructor and know how to figure out the best way to teach each student efficiently.
Based on the strength and weakness of a student’s skill, a customized extracts from several different method/etude books such as Physical Approach by Gordon, Cornet Method by Beeler, Practical Studies by Getchell and etc. will be used. For example, if a student excels in range but needs an improvement in articulation, effective practice pieces for articulation will be extracted from various method/etude books for enhancement. The collection of the extracts from different method/etude books will become a customized method/etude book to accommodate each individual student’s need.
There are many reasons why a student learns the trumpet in a private lesson setting; some students are dreaming to become professional performers, some students are just taking the lesson to play well in the school band/orchestra. A teacher should identify each student’s individual needs and tailor the lesson plan accordingly. A teacher should be flexible with the teaching method and help each student to achieve his/her individual goals. A great teacher should motivate students in learning the trumpet.
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