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other: Interlochen Arts Academy
Bachelor Degree: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Professional Certificate: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Ryan loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Ryan has found great joy and satisfaction in making music and sharing it with people no matter the genre.
After graduating from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with his Bachelor's of Music in 2017, he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for his Professional Studies Diploma. Ryan is also an alum of the Interlochen Arts Academy (Class of '13) and attended the Aspen Music Festival as an Orchestral Student and Teaching Artist. His principal teachers have been Megumi Kanda, Tom Riccobono, Peter Ellefson, and Timothy Higgins. Ryan has also worked with Shachar Israel, Paul Welcomer, Michael Mulcahy, Michael Powell, Dee Stewart, Carl Lenthe, and others.
Music education is a staple in a child's development and sparks creativity and a specific type discipline that isn't found in other areas of study. Ryan recognizes this, and understands the importance of connecting with each student and helping grow a passion for music and basic fundamentals required to perform at a high level.
Ryan's pedagogical emphasis is the reinforcement of correct fundamentals from an early age. Through exercises, etudes, scales, and solos, Ryan personalizes lessons to make each student discover their musical potential.
Ryan is a passionate music educator having served students in San Fransisco, Wyoming, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado and now Ohio. He has been a teaching artist at the Aspen Music Festival where he taught and managed a private studio of local students in the Roaring Forks Area. He also taught at local high schools in San Francisco, CA. He currently resides in Cincinnati where he teaches as much as possible!
From starting violin lessons at age 5, to attending and observing both his Mother's and Father's band programs, who have both been band directors in Wisconsin for over 25 years, music education has been in Ryan's life since the beginning. Ryan has been taking private lessons for twenty years, and teaching his own private lessons for eight years. The passion for working with young students has come naturally, and he is excited for any new teaching opportunity!
Regardless of the level of musician, basic fundamentals are extremely important to a brass musician. In fundamental studies, we will learn lip slurs, tonguing exercises, efficient breathing, excellent buzzing technique, etc. We will achieve maximum proficiency in basic fundamentals by using method books (according to skill level) , such as Remington, Schlossberg, Arban's, ect., and personally curated exercises designed for the individual. In addition to fundamental practice, we will practice applying the skills learned in the fundamental practice with etudes, melodic etudes, and solos.
My general pedagogical goal is to set students up with lessons that can be interpreted to other parts of life. Learning discipline, focus, problem solving skills, awareness, and interpretation in the practice room is useful in every aspect of life. Another goal is to develop the student in such a way that a passion for music and the arts is grown. Each student is different and has different goals; by trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
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