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BA, Mississippi Valley State University, Music Performance
2013 - Performed with Annual Congress Choir of Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ (Chicago, IL)
2011 - Performed at CIOFF Europe festivals in Montoire and Confolens, France
2008 - Minister of Music, The Metro Church in Albuquerque, NM
I'm a native of Jackson, MS were my love for music initially began. I began trumpet studies at the age of 15 under Mr. James A. Donald and Mr. Robert Robinson. I am a 1993 graduate of W.H. Lanier High School where I continued musical studies under Dr. Fulton E. Caston. While at Lanier, I was active in marching band (trumpet, mellophone section leader and saxophone overseer), jazz band (piano and trumpet), concert band (trumpet and French Horn) and student conductor. In addition to excelling during state solo and ensemble competitions, I was chosen 2 years in a row for District All-City High School Concert Band (8th chair trumpet and 2nd chair French Horn). I was awarded musical scholarships to Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley State University. While at Jackson State I studied marching band under the direction of Dr. Lewis Liddell and orchestra under Dr. London Branch; at Mississippi Valley State I studied under Mr. Lawrence Horn (woodwind) Mr. Kenneth Milton (trumpet), Mr. Leonard Tramiel (marching band), Dr. Lawrence Goldman (piano), the late Dr. Orlando Moss (voice and concert choir) and Dr. Sandra Scott (gospel show choir).
As a professional musician I have had wonderful opportunities to serve with musicians of various levels. I have performed with the Church of God in Christ Orchestra as assistant (and later) trumpet section leader, and was a minister of music for several churches spanning from Georgia to New Mexico, performing in Nassau, Bahamas on a religious mission trip with Dr. Myels Munroe (guest speaker). In 2011 I founded KeyNote Music Workshop for the development of young musicians needing help attaining a greater level of playing ability.To date I have mentored several students who now enjoy successful careers in music on piano/organ as well as brasswind instruments.
My methods are as easy as one could find. Mainly I will present the weekly lesson plan, offer feasible ways to secure the instructional material and allow the student time to pace their practice time. I use no harsh language nor emotional weight which would cause the student to feel failure. I encourage students at all costs.
Basically my teaching style works along side the student's learning style. If the student requires a strict instructor in order to learn, then that would be my teaching style. If a student has a "laid back" style of learning, then my teaching style will match that student. The basic concept is encouraging the student to give 100% attention to their studies at a pace that they can handle. I will not stand over a student and bark orders, neither will I force them beyond their learning curve. At the same time, this is not a joking or friendship exchange. Music is my business and I want to impart that same reason of thinking to the student.
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