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BM, Northwestern State University, Music Education in Trumpet Studies
Well, I am born and raised in Austin, Texas; known as the live music capitol of the world. Growing up here, it was natural for my interest in, and dedication to music to be fostered. Currently, I play all over town with various bands, as well as teach one-on-one lessons. I try to be as involved and supportive of the music scene as possible. I love to play all styles of music with my horn, but jazz and blues are big influences with me. If you would like some food for thought from your potential music mentor, I would say this for starters; if you want to strengthen your bond between you and your instrument, and wield it effectively, you have to get in the mindset first. Practice regularly, listen to other musicians that play the same instrument as you, listen to musicians that don't play the same instrument, talk with other musicians, share ideas, live in a world where you eat, sleep, breath, and love music, and be friendly and open minded. If you surround yourself with music and musicians, and approach things with open ears, you're already on your way to becoming a better musician.
16 years of playing the trumpet is the majority of my experience. Middle school, high school, and college were conventional means of education. However, playing outside of the classroom, watching and playing along side musicians that make a living off preforming day in and day out, that's where the richest experience comes from. I've met, played with, and watched so many talented individuals, some who have become great friends of mine. Learning from other peoples experiences and creating your own moments to share with other people, is the best mindset to have whether you want to be a student or a teacher.
I feel that there are a few basic concepts that all teachers must understand, one of which is, all students are different. Teachers may use similar tools, as means to teach a lesson, but how those tools are used will vary from mentor to mentor, and student to student. I believe knowledge of fundamentals is a crucial part of understanding one's instrument and being able to wield it effectively, no matter the skill level. With that being said, students of mine with be given a tailored curriculum based heavily around fundamentals and additional technical studies and etudes to aid them in reaching their desired goals.
I absolutely love teaching!I see myself as being a gentle, yet firm instructor. I like to get to know my students and understand their goals. I love to ask my students questions. I am a very patient person and teacher. I listen to the students thoughts and concerns; I listen to what the student is telling me while they play. I will challenge my students, and push them to reach further, while not being inconsiderate of their happiness. The reason for being a student or teacher is for the joy and fun music brings, and our love for this art. If a student is not happy, neither is their mentor. If I am your teacher, we will meet our goals together; my goal is for you to reach yours.
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