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MM, Wright State University, Music Education BM, Wright State University, Music Education
I am a devoted lifelong musician who loves nothing more than sharing the joy of music with others. Growing up, I played trombone, euphonium, and tuba with my school bands. In my college and professional career, I have become proficient on all band instruments. I especially enjoy trumpet, horn, flute, clarinet, EWI (electronic wind instrument), electric bass, and percussion. My home studio is state of the art and has quite a lot of instruments!
In 2000, I left medical school to pursue music and have never regretted the decision! I went on to receive my bachelor's in 2004 and master's in 2012, both in instrumental music education. I recently relocated to South Tampa after being a full time 4th-8th band director for 10 years in Chicago. I also taught kindergarten music and K-3rd group piano. I have been teaching private lessons on all instruments for 13 years, with an average of 10 students per week in my studio. I have taught private lessons to students from age 8 to 60, at all levels of experience. I especially love teaching beginners, at any age, to provide a well established basis of fundamentals, in order for those students to easily achieve great musicianship later on in their development.
I create custom lesson plans, goals, and objectives based on the individual student's needs and interests. Strong fundamentals are essential to readily achieve musical success, therefore, I begin with the essentials of posture, breathing, sticking/articulation, and best practice habits. If a student already has a method book or repertoire with which he or she is learning, I am happy to continue with current music, or I have many method books and resources to recommend. I also often write and arrange music for my students. I love to help students discover their own musical passion and provide appropriate arrangements to motivate and inspire growth!
Learning a musical instrument should always be a very rewarding and satisfying experience. Therefore, I have a large variety of techniques in my musical bag of tricks to challenge all types of learners. During my 10 years as a full time band director, I have developed many musical "games", often based on Suzuki methods, to make learning fundamentals, scales, and repertoire much more enjoyable. These include practice rewards, Band Olympics, ninja karate belts, and Harry Potter themed games. Always doing the same thing every week can get boring for both the student and teacher, so I love to keep things exciting and moving forward!
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