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2016 - John Phillip Sousa Award
2017 - Outstanding Soloist Award, Capital University Jazz and World Music Festival
2018 - Outstanding Soloist Award, Capital University Jazz and World Music Festival
2019 - Outstanding Soloist Award, Capital University Jazz and World Music Festival
Hello! My name is Nathan and I am a saxophonist and teacher who loves sharing my passion for music with others. I am a senior at Capital University where I am working toward a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Industry. I study saxophone under Dr. Michael Cox, one of the premier saxophonists in central Ohio and a world class musician. I play with a local salsa band called the Noe Salsa Project, and in Lebanese percussionist Ayman Abi Kheir's band. I am always working on expanding my horizons as a musician by taking on new projects and writing music, and I hope to share what I've learned with my students.
I have been teaching private lessons part time for almost a year. In that short time, my studio has grown to include seven students of varying skill levels. I believe that regular practice is important, and that practicing should be fun. I try to combine classical and modern music when teaching, as both are important to the development of a well rounded musician. I love teaching because I feel as though I learn as much from my students as they do from me, and nothing is more rewarding than helping foster someone else's love for music!
For younger students, I typically start teaching from Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, as it provides a comprehensive method for learning the basics on the saxophne. Once my students have mastered this material, I begin to introduce solo repertoire. For older students, I teach from etude books such as Selected Studies for Saxophone by H. Voxman or Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero. In addition to learning from etudes, students will develop their solo repertoire. Jazz and Pop students will develop a tune list, and learn to improvise through study of music theory and audiation.
I teach at the pace of the student, setting small achievable goals each lesson. I encourage students by acknowledging their progress and finding out what excites them. Students are encouraged to take what they've learned and participate in recitals, competitions, and any other musical opportunity they can find. I believe music should be taught as a means of personal expression, and so I also make sure to give students the tools they need to play in an expressive fashion, or even write their own music.
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