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BM, Temple University, Music Education
78th Army Reserve Jazz Big Band, FT. Dix, NJ (Tenor Trombone) November 2013- Present 78th Army Reserve Concert Band, Ft. Dix, NJ (Euphonium and Trombone) November 2013- Present 78th Army Reserve Rock Band “Checkmate”, Ft. Dix, NJ (Keyboard/Vocals) November 2013- Present Temple University Diamond Marching Band (Marching Baritone) September 2012- December 2015 Temple University Wind Ensemble (Euphonium) September 2012- December 2012 Temple University Symphonic Band (Euphonium) January 2013-May 2016 Temple University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble (Euphonium September 2012- May 2016 Temple University Singers (Baritone) September 2015- December 2015 Maryland High School All-State Choir (Baritone) November 2011- May 2012
My name is Shafer and I just moved from the East Coast this summer. I grew up in the Baltimore area and went attended Temple University in Philadelphia to obtain my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I continued to live and teach in Title 1 schools for the next 2 years upon my graduation. I also have been a member of the Army Reserve since 2012. In the reserves I am a member of the 78th Army Reserve Band, which required me to attend Basic Combat Training (boot camp), an Advanced Initial Course, Warrior Leader Course, and Advanced Leader course. The 78th Army Band has several different groups including a Rock Band, Marching/Parade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Combo, and Dixieland Brass Band. I perform on Keyboard for the Rock Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Combo.
I believe that music provides opportunities for students to learn in ways that they will never experience in an academic classroom setting. Music provides a gateway for students of ALL ages, social, and economic backgrounds to have obtain a feeling of gratification and immense sense of pride. I worked in an incredibly hostile environment with a skeleton team of dedicated teachers that relied on each other and our innate desire to educate to strive for our educational goals. I taught private piano lessons to about 15 students ranging from 3 years old to 38 years old for about 2 years while teaching in the School District of Philadelphia full-time. During my time at Temple University I was in Premier Wind ensembles playing Euphonium and Trombone and performed with the Temple University Diamond Marching Band for 4 years. During my marching band experience I was featured on The Wolf on Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Annie starring Jamie Fox, and performed on stage with Fitz and The Tantrums in addition to weekly performances at Lincoln Financial Field Temple University football home games and at the Boca Raton Bowl Game. In the Rock group we have opened for Eddie Money, Smashmouth, and performed at the WAWA Hoagie Music Fest in Philadelphia on the 4th of July.
For beginning students playing piano I typically start with Alfred's' Basic Piano Library, deciding on level when I learn about a students background in playing. On any brass wind instrument I will start with Measures of Success by FJH Music. It's important to me that students practice and understand the important of fundamentals in their music playing. A solid foundation provides students with the necessary tools to advance their musical career far past casually impressing friends with simple and redundant pieces. My biggest goal to create a lifelong music learner.
While I understand that fundamentals are necessary and the need to learn and study the "how" and "why" of music is incredibly important, there is absolutely a place for popular music. I strive to create a fun and captivating setting for students that includes making connections between standard repertoire and modern popular music. Once I understand a students wants or needs I will be able to adjust my curriculum to better fit the specific needs of that student. Performing for others is a skill that I hold paramount. The ability to overcome nerves and perform in a stressful environment is a skill that will carry students throughout all walks of their lives.
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