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Currently a Senior Music Education Major at Eastern Michigan University. I have studied saxophone with Woodrow Chenoweth, Professor of Saxophone at Eastern Michigan University. I have studied drumset with John Dorsey, Professor of Percussion at Eastern Michigan University and Marching Percussion with Jason Ihnatt.
Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophonist in the Eastern Michigan University Saxophone Ensemble 2013-Present Saxophonist in the Eastern Michigan University Wind Symphony 2015-Present Alto Saxophonist in the Stone Tower Saxophone Quartet Saxophonist for REMIX 2015- Present Baritone Saxophonist for Funkwagon 2017
I am currently a Senior Music Education Major at Eastern Michigan University. I am a saxophonist in the EMU Wind Symphony, EMU Big Band, EMU Saxophone Ensemble, EMU Jazz Saxophone Sextet, Stone Tower Saxophone Quartet, Krangerson Duo, REMIX, and Funkwagon. I have also marched Quads for Impact Percussion, and the EMU Drumline. I also play drumset in several jazz combos. Music is such a huge part of my life and it has taught me so many life lessons and values that I hold dear every day of my life.
I have had an eclectic teaching career so far. I have held teaching positions at Linden High School, Linden Middle School, Carman Ainsworth High School, Ida High School, Summit Academy High School, Clio High School, Flushing High School, South Lyon High School, Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy Middle School, Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy High School, and Impact Percussion. In addition to these school positions, I am also taught privates lessons for several years. These teaching roles have ranged from teaching saxophone, flute clarinet, drumline, and drumset.
One of things I that I find discouraging is when teachers stick with one method. Every student is different! As a result, my method of teaching very much depends on the student. If I have a student who is struggling with fundamentals, then we will focus on fundamentals. If I have a student who is struggling with articulations, then we will focus on articulations in lessons. My lessons are very much tailored to the wants and needs of the students. As a result, every lesson plan and approach is unique to every student.
I am a firm believer in showing rather than telling. I always have at least one type of saxophone with me during lessons if not more. For example, if I have a student who is taking baritone saxophone lessons, then I will have a baritone saxophone with me. My goal is not to play along with the student during these lessons; rather it is simply there if I need to demonstrate a key concept to my student. I assign a practice assignment that will be prepared for the following lesson. I will also provide a sheet at the end of every lesson of how the lesson was, what we worked on, and what the following practice assignment is.
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