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Cibola High School 2016
Arizona Western College Music Scholarship recipient 2016-2018
Hi there! My name is Saralyn and I have been a musician nearly all my life! I'm 20 years old and I started playing trumpet in band when I was 10 - so that's 10 years on trumpet for me. I started playing bass guitar outside of band when I was 11 and eventually, I began playing for the church band, which I still play for to this day. I continued to play trumpet in band when I was in middle school and then marching band in high school. Being in band was one of the best experiences ever, which is why I continued to be in band in college for two more years!
When I was in high school, I was the trumpet section leader for three years, which entailed lots of teaching in terms of marching. I also started giving music lessons to other students, starting with my friends. Giving music lessons spread from there. Since then, I've taught many students how to play guitar, bass guitar, and trumpet. Most of these students only needed a couple lessons to perfect a specific technique or to just get started. I would go to Crane Middle School regularly to work with their band students. While I was there, we would work on scales, technique, fun etudes, infamous high notes, and whatever else they wanted to learn.
I put an emphasis on proper buzzing techniques for new trumpet students as well as the right warm-up exercises. On any instrument I teach, I will stress the importance of knowing all your scales. This is very important for any instrument you may want to learn. For students who already know all major scales, I would move on to minor scales. I suggest to new band students to use Standard of Excellence by Bruce Pearson. For intermediate and advanced students, I would use the Rubank Intermediate and Advanced Method.
I encourage students to do their absolute best but to not push themselves too hard. When you're learning an instrument, it's not always going to be easy. It's important that students can still have fun when they're learning. That's why I give music to students that I know can be accomplished. When a student encounters a difficult series of notes or rhythms, I will break it down and help to make it more understandable. For the time between lessons, I will be specific about the things I suggest the student works on, that way they have a reinforced idea of what their strengths are.
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