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1) AA Orange Coast College Music Education and Bass Trombone Performance
2) BA Berklee School Of Music Trombone Performance Jazz Studies (Pending)
1) SCJA Feild Band Finalist Soloist Award and Scholarship Bass Trombone
2) SCSBOA All Star Jazz Band Soloist Award and Scholarship Bass Trombone
3) WHS TRI M Music Honors Society Arts Program Jazz Soloist Award Bass Trombone
Hello, my name is Nathan and I am a private music instructor and freelance bass and tenor trombonist from Orange County in Southern California.I graduated from Orange Coast College With an AA in Bass Trombone Performance, and Music Education, and am also in the process of getting my Bachelors Of Arts degree in Trombone Performance with an emphasis in Jazz from Berklee School Of Music. I have been working as a private music instructor, band director, and professional trombone player since 2013, and have developed a versatile career in all of these categories. I currently serve as the principle trombonist for the Corona Symphony, and am a bass trombone soloist for the critically acclaimed world famous trombone choir Bones West. These are two accomplishments that I am very proud of. Along with that I also play in many different groups as a freelancer in the greater Orange County and Los Angeles area, and play different styles such as classical, jazz, and commercial music. I have performed at some amazing venues and places such as Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Washington D.C., and Germany. I am an experienced performer and teacher and am very knowledgeable about what I do. I am available to do online lessons. You can be from anywhere in the world, but you need to speak english, and be able to work with my time zone (Pacific Standard Time). I look forward to hearing from you.
My passion for teaching and performing dates back to when I first picked up the trombone in the 6th grade. Before I learned the trombone I took piano lessons as a young child from my Grandmother. After that I learned how to play the trombone in elementary school by joining the school band, and taking private lessons with my Grandfather. In middle school I began to take the trombone very seriously and practiced a lot. I decided to go to a High school that had a very massive music program and high emphasis in the arts, and you could say the rest is history. In High school I was very active in the music program and was section leader of the trombone section leader in the jazz band, concert band, and jazz band. I also played the upright bass in the advanced orchestra and served as bass section leader their also. In High school I realized I had a gift for teaching people about my passion, music, and from there decided to pursue a college education in music. My college days were very musical. I played in many of the groups, and honed my craft as both a musician, and educator. I had the opportunity to help other students learn abut music, and all this did was encourage me even more to be a music teacher and performer. Since college I have been working as a music teacher, and performer. I have taught at several public and private schools as a band director, taught at many music studios as a private music instructor, and played hundreds of gigs as a professional trombonist.
My teaching style is based off of criteria from the National Association For Music Education (NAfME). I make sure that me and my students are accountable for the standards they have and the way they look at Music Education requirements. I base my brass and woodwind studio off of a leveling system that I have adapted from (NAfME). Beginner level students are put through (Level 1) which is the first Accent On Achievement Book. In this book I establish a routine of scales, etudes, and traditional American folk songs. All books I put my students through are based off of (NAfME) criteria.
I am a passionate, devoted, and well educated teacher. I give my students my 100% every time I see them, and I always get good feed back from my students after a lesson, even if they had a bad day. I do not give my students more than they can handle, and always work with what they bring to the table. I let them work at there own pace, and I am very good at assessing what kind of goals they need to set for them selves. I push my students to have good technique, time, and pitch, and I am always encouraging them to be the best musicians they can possibly be.
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