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BA: Music Education - Cal State East Bay, Music Education, 2010
AA: Liberl Arts: General Studies - Berkeley City College, Liberal Arts-General Studies, 2009
Composer: 2017 - Composed "Musical Portraits #2" for San Francisco Composer's Chamber Orchestra 2010 - World Premier "Clay Army March" - American High School Concert Band, Fremont, CA 2011 - World Premier "Endless Rolling Round" - Vocal Round, Koldaly Summer Institute, Oakland, CA 2003 - World Premier "Clown Antics" Saxophone Trio, Lakewood Community
I am a Low Brass and Musicality Teacher passionate about developing excellent tone, technique and lip flexibility in brass players and Sight Reading ability in all my students. I graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2010 with a B.A. in Music Education. Part of my educational philosophy is stated: "It is Rapturous for me when a student realizes their own musicality by going past just playing the notes on the page, to actively expressing the Message (which could be a Thought, Emotion, or a Scene) that is inherent in the piece." In my teaching, I focus Duet and Trios to exercise Sight Reading ability and ability to Listen-to-blend-as-an-Ensemble. I teach Voice only in the capacity of encouraging Sight singing while teaching how to Sight Read.
My music teaching began when, in 1992, I limited myself to playing duets with a Trumpet playing friend. We arranged 50 hymns as Duets for Trumpet and Bass Trombone. I began to realize the value of playing in this small ensemble in terms of my ability to listen to blend. During this period, I developed a system for learning to Sight Read and Listen-to-blend-as-an-Ensemble which I have entitled Listening Awareness Levels 1, 2 & 3. I have used this system ever since will ALL of my low brass students.
I typically use Clause Gordon's "Systematic Approach to Daily Practice in Bass Clef", Arban's "Famous Method for Trombone" and Clark's "Lip Flexibilies". I have devised my own ideas about good brass technique in a document entitled "Optimal Brass Playing". I start beginning players on "Accent on Achievement" for Trombone (or Trumpet, or Tuba). To prepare students for recital performance, I have students play out of Alan Rath's "Introductory Melodious Etudes" and the Rochut Etudes books. In order for my student and I to play Duets, I have arranged Duet lines for all 64 of the Introductory Melodious Etudes. For adult brass players, I give the direction the student needs to meet his/her personal musical goal. After a significant number of lessons with me, my students come away as effective and great sounding brass players and excellent Sight Readers!
I have my student brass players play their assigned exercises that build their Tone, Technique and Lip Flexibility. Then, s/he would play the assigned solo, then s/he and I would play a Duet to exercise ability to sight read and listen-to-blend-as-an-ensemble. As I have stated earlier, my educational philosophy is: "It is Rapturous for me when a student realizes their own musicality by going past just playing the notes on the page, to actively expressing the Message (which could be a Thought, Emotion, or a Scene) that is inherent in the piece."
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