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Steven C In HomeHome
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Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Latin, Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band

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Steven C In Home
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Latin, Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 16-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BM, Hartt School, major in Jazz Studies, Saxophone Performance

Awards:

2013- Recorded CD with Simply Swing, 10 piece swing band 2011-2013- Simply Swing; lead Alto saxophone 1999-2002- Full Blast (9 piece Rock/Soul Band); tenor saxophone 1993-1996- Hartford CT and Springfield MA; Merengue and Salsa Bands 1989-1993- Norwegian, Discovery and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; alto, tenor, baritone saxophones

Overview:

I am passionate about teaching, and want my students to succeed. I have been playing clarinet since I was 10 years old, and the saxophone for 40 years. I am a graduate of the Hartt School, where I majored in Jazz Studies, with saxophone performance. I have played in bands on cruise ships, performed in Latin, Rock, Jazz and R&B Bands. I have been on recordings with Jimmy Perez, a salsa singer, and Simply Swing, a 10 piece Swing Band. I also played lead Alto saxophone from 2011-2013, performing in many venues throughout the Northeast.

EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience goes back to my college days, when I volunteered at the Artists Collective in Hartford, CT as a saxophone instructor. I began teaching saxophone and clarinet lessons in my home, and music studios after I graduated from college. I enjoy teaching students of all ages. I have also taught Instrumental Music in Schools. I emphasize the importance of practicing for beginners, but I also make lessons fun by making them enjoyable. I will model the instrument for my students, as this may inspire them to practice.

METHODS USED

For beginning students, I typically will start them on a method book such as The Yamaha series, and start them on the basic pedagogy of the clarinet and saxophone,ie; putting the instrument together, putting the reed on the mouthpiece, setting the embouchure, etc. I will emphasize the importance of practicing; beginners, 5 times a week for 20 minutes, so they can succeed in learning their instrument. For Intermediate students, in Middle and High School for example, I will include the reportoire they are playing in their school performing groups, so they can excel in those. For adults, I will tailor the lessons to meet their goals, and the type of music they are interested in, assuming they are not beginners.

LESSON STYLE

I want my students to succeed, but also make the lessons enjoyable for them. Each student progresses by how much they practice, and their focus during the lessons. I believe that each student progresses at their own pace, and each student should be evaluated for the best method of improvement. I believe in positive reinforcement. Making students aware of their progress is important for self motivation, which I think is essential to learning an instrument. Learning a instrument gives you a sense of Independence and accomplishment.

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