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Peter L In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Latin, Funk, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul

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Peter L In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Latin, Funk, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BM, Rutgers University, Jazz Performance 2010

Post Bacc For Teaching Certification, Wayne State University, 2020

Awards:

2008-2010 Talent Scholarship Recipient, Rutgers University 2011-2014 Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Arts Academy 2011-2014 Performer with Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

Overview:
I am a music lover first and foremost, with a wide-ranging experience as both a musician and an educator. It is my great pleasure to share the study of music with my students. I recently relocated to the DFW area after completing a teaching certification at Wayne State University in Detroit. There I studied classical performance on saxophone, clarinet, and flute while I focused on the study of education. Before that, I lived on the East Coast. After receiving my jazz performance degree from Rutgers University in 2010, I put together a studio of several dedicated students in New Jersey while performing in the New York Metro area with ensembles ranging from big bands to funk and soul groups. During that time, I also helped create several music education programs and camps in Red Bank and Asbury Park, and was instructed players of all skill levels, helping them improve their skills.
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching privately for about 15 years, starting when I was a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Since that time, I've taught students on Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet at all levels, from beginners all the way to advanced players in high school. My focus as an undergraduate was in jazz performance, and I love to teach about jazz techniques, beginning to advanced improvisation, and group dynamics. However, I feel that a strong classical foundation is important as well, and emphasize reading and technical studies to make sure my students are as proficient as possible on their instrument.
METHODS USED
For beginners, I like to start with the Rubank method books, which progress pretty rapidly. I also focus on tone production and scales as we move along at the level of the individual student. I gauge the speed at which we move based on the student in question, and prepare a practice routine for each student based on how much time they have to practice each day. For an intermediate to advanced student, I work with more the more advanced Rubank method books, and suggest solo literature appropriate for them to prepare. Additionally, I like to work with scales and long tones in a more advanced way, expanding the range of the instrument and tone quality as we prepare repertoire. With students interested in jazz, either as their primary course of study or in addition to classical music, we focus even more on scales and arpeggios, aiming to master first the most commonly used keys and then expanding to 12 key mastery. I like to begin with a play-along book like Jamey Aebersold's "Maiden Voyage", stressing the beginnings of improvisation, then moving on to more advanced tunes and chord progressions.
LESSON STYLE
As a teacher, I try not to stress rote learning but instead focus on explanations for why music works the way it does. I find that music of any genre is much easier to study if you have an understanding of the framework of what you practice. To that end, I stress technical study that works towards grooming pieces or songs for performance and make sure that my students have a complete understanding of both music and their instrument. I also create practice routines, and make sure that my students have all the tools and information they need to succeed.
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