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BS, Texas A&M University, Psychology
MEd, Texas A&M University, Curriculum and Instruction
TExES EC-12 Music
TExES 7-12 English Language Arts and Reading
TExES EC-12 English as a Second Language
2013 - John Philip Sousa Award for Musicianship
2013 - TMEA All-State Trombonist: Symphony Orchestra
2012 - Performed with Marcus High School Wind Symphony at Midwest Clinic
2012 - TMEA All-State Trombonist: Philharmonic Orchestra
2011 - TMEA All-State Trombonist: Philharmonic Orchestra
For beginning trombone lessons, I start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements and focus on fundamentals, such as long tones, lip slurs, and articulation. I include a mix of fun music of the student's choice and higher-level repertoire appropriate for band and solo performance. I reinforce note names and rhythm in every lesson to further develop proficiency on the instrument. For piano students, I use the Michael Aaron courses (children or adult as appropriate) and emphasize hand position and finger flexibility early on. I also stress the importance of playing with others to maintain motivation for playing.
I always try to implement a degree of student choice in each of my lessons, whether it be choice of music, order of repertoire, or playing solo or with me, the instructor. It is vital that students take charge of their own learning. I am also sure to acknowledge students' strengths as much as or more than their weaknesses, as recognition and reinforcement is a vital part of the teaching and learning process. I hold students to high standards, but I make sure that they are having fun--if not, it's time to do something else!
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