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I attended the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Art where I majored in Instrumental Music with a Minor in Vocal Music. I then went to The Ohio State University where I studied Music Education (with an emphasis on bassoon) under Christopher Wiet.
Was Principal Flutist in the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra
Was Principal Bassoonist in the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony
Was Principal Bassoonist in the Arlington Wind Symphony
Was Director of Music Ministries for the Portland First United Methodist Church
Soloed with the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra
Currently Director of Music Ministries for the Rockport First United Methodist Church
I have been playing Flute for almost 40 years, Bassoon and Saxophone for 35. I have at one time or another played with some of the world's best ensembles (i.e. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) and in some of the very best venues in with world (i.e. Royal Albert Hall in London). My training was entirely in classical music, in the last 7 or 8 years, I have branched out into Rock and Roll, Blues and Latin Jazz. Today I am the Director of Music Ministries for the First United Methodist Church, Rockport, TX. When I'm not working at the church I am playing throughtout South Texas in Restaurants, Wine Bars and Country Clubs. I perform on Saxophone, Flute and Vocals.
I have for several years worked with Middle and High School Students throughout the Corpus Christi area. I have worked with beginner and intermediate bassoon students, beginner, intermediate and advanced flute students. I have a great deal of experience working with theatres and teaching vocals to musical theatre actors. For the past 10 years I have worked extensively with choirs. In the past I have been hired by school's to work with small ensembles, preparing them for State solo and Ensemble contests.
I believe that everything begins with fundamentals. That being said, it's most important to learn what the students goal is. Perhaps they only want to learn a particular piece that they are playing for Solo and Ensemble Contest. Perhaps it's an adult student that just wants to learn to play a particular piece for a special occasion. Lessons have to be tailored to to meet the individual students desires. For the students that really want to learn their instrument, I would begin with a methods book with an emphasis on scales and studies. From their we would move into more advanced repertoire.
Since lessons are tailored to the individual student's goals, it's going to be a little more laid back. Success is measured differently for each student. It is, however indescribably rewarding when the student suddenly "get's it." When the things you've been teaching all come together and they're no longer playing note, but they're making music. I'll admit, it's because of this that beginners are really my favorites to work with. I am comfortable though working with students of ages and levels.
Paul is doing a great job my daughter is progressing very well.
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