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Teaching Certificate: University of Iowa, Bachelor Degree: University of Iowa
2018 Iowa City Music Study Award Winner
2014 John Phillip Sousa Award Winner
Maximum In-State Music Scholarship recipient University of Iowa Trombone Studio
I am a high energy trombonist looking to spread some artistic expression to students of any age. I graduated from the University of Iowa in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone Performance with an additional K-12 Music Education Certification. I marched 6 years of world class drum and bugle corps with the Colts in Iowa, was the drum major in my final two years and was also the featured trombone soloist in my second year as drum major. I have played a wide variety of genres of music in a wide variety of ensemble types including jazz, funk, symphonic band, symphony orchestra, rock, pop, musical theater, electronic and more.
My experience as a performer is headlined by my 12 week tour as a trombonist with the show "Blast! the Music of Disney" in Japan. I have also, in the state of Iowa, played with a number groups including churches, rock bands, New Orleans style brass bands, British style brass bands, symphonic bands, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and musical theater pit orchestras. In both Denver and Iowa, I have worked as a clinician, masterclass teacher, and lesson teacher. Funnily enough, my first private lesson student was actually a peer while I was in high school who wanted some tips and tricks. I also maintained a small lesson studio consisting throughout my time at the University of Iowa. Those lessons were driven heavily by the interests of my students. I had one student trying to prepare for a collegiate music major audition, I had one with interest in becoming a composer, and a more casual student whose ultimate goal was to gain enough skills to lead music in church worship services. In addition to my small lesson studio, while in college I started working as a marching band teacher and show choir rock band instructor. For three years I choreographed and taught visual with an Iowa marching band, and in those same three years the rock band I instructed began winning awards for the first time in decades at the various competitions.
All of my students follow more or less a similar path that deviates a bit once they have developed some. No matter the age I start all students off with building fundamentals of tone, flexibility, articulation, and range. I use a combination of exercises from David Vining, UNC's own Buddy Baker, and Emory Remington. While building fundamental playing skills I will have students begin playing etudes. Younger students will start in their band method books, but as time goes on they will transition into Rochut's Melodious etudes, and the Rubank method books. Older students will also play from Rochut's Melodious etudes and the Rubank Advanced methods. With older students I also like to transition into some more challenging arenas such as the Blazhevitch books. Any advanced students who want to focus on jazz will be using the Jazz Conception Method. Beyond lesson and etude books, all students will, as part of their lessons, have required listening assignments to further build and conceptualize our ideas of good playing. Students will also, along the way, be doing a good deal of singing and mouthpiece buzzing to build aural skills.
My approach to doing lessons tends to be high enthusiasm and high standards. I am a firm believer in the idea of using focused practice and developing healthy self-criticism skills to build character. Creating lofty (but achievable) goals, setting standards, and persevering through challenges, is not only a great way to become a better musician, but is also a great way to become a better person. It is with this concept that I approach my lessons. I set the standard for lessons, however the student and I in conjunction will establish goals for our time together. With high standards and high goals in place, it is my responsibility to push the student to achieve them while offering support in whatever ways I can. If you choose to do lessons with me expect to work hard, and expect to really enjoy working hard.
My son loves having Noah as his trumpet instructor! Noah is professional, polite, enthusiastic, and encouraging. He has really helped my son build his playing skills, and my son always leaves his lesson feeling more excited to play his trumpet.
Noah is an energetic teacher who brings out the "cool" in Trombone. I appreciate the way he focuses on technique and tone. My son loves his lessons!
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