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MM, the University of Akron, Clarinet Performance BM, Baldwin Wallace University, Clarinet Performance
2017- present- Clarinetist with the Blossom Festival Band 2017-present- Band Director at St. Mary's School 2016- Clarinetist with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra 2016- Graduate Reed Quintet performance at Hower house at Akron 2016- Akron Symphonic Band performs at OMEA in Cincinnati
My name is Patrick and I did my Bachelors in Music, specifically Clarinet Performance at Baldwin Wallace University. From there I went to pursue my Master's Degree in Music at the University of Akron, graduating Suma Cum Laude. I studied with Daniel Mckelway, Assistant Principal with the Cleveland Orchestra and Dr. Kristina Belisle- Jones, former Principal of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. As of now, I am a clarinetist with the Blossom festival Band and sub with the Lakeside Symphony orchestra and orchestras around my hometown. My ultimate goal for my students is to create a passion of continual learning for them. What I mean by that is I want them to be intrinsically motivated to play and learn more about his or her own craft.
I have been teaching since I was in Highschool, specifically tutoring younger kids while I was a senior. From there, I helped with sectionals while I was at Baldwin Wallace University. When I started at the University of Akron, I accepted a full Clarinet assistant ship, teaching private lessons to Undergraduate Clarinetists and coaching chamber music. Nothing brings me more joy to see my students learning something knew, struggling to learn a new concept and finally understanding it (i.e.- learning the proper way to breathe). This is the reason why I teach, and especially to pass on knowledge my teachers gave me to my students.
Teaching beginning Clarinet is one of my specialties. Generally speaking, I use the Belwind Band builder and Standard of Excellence method books to teach fundamentals of the Clarinet. I also mix my own teaching style, especially forming an embouchure (how one's lips and teach rest on the mouth piece). I believe it is very important to teach embouchure, breathing and posture to ensure great habits once the beginning student progresses. I teach Clarinet while incorporating the voice. Singing one's solo or exercise is a method for teaching intonation on the Clarinet. I also use a system of putting certain vowels to the different ranges of the Clarinet (i.e.- one should think "O" when playing in the Clarion register because thinking that vowel will naturally open one's throat). This eventually becomes second nature when the student doesn't have to think vowels.
I teach a combination of Rote and verbal, conveying my ideas while playing as an example. I realized my passion for music when I was teaching forty clarinetists during a band camp. They caught on to my personality and knew I wanted the best for them. This ultimately drove them to be better musicians. In a perfect world, I would rather teach the rest of my life without being paid and be able to support myself but unfortunately that is not how the world works. When my students have a breakthrough, it only confirms my calling more. I encourage my students to struggle with music and have happiness because that is how one learns. Music is continually evolving and we must continue to learn about it.