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Hello Everyone! My name is Tim Gorman, I am a Music Education major and Jazz Studies (trumpet) minor at Elmhurst University. I entered university in 2021 and plan on graduating by 2025. I am fortunate enough to be in the world renowned Elmhurst University Jazz Band, which has been known to tour both the United States and Europe. Since I am a music education major, I am always learn the newest and most effect pedagogical methods. I wish to spread the joys of music to students of all ages! Music is a storytelling device that provides a voice for everyone.
I have experience teaching peers different trumpet, piano and jazz techniques. I pride myself on my hard work in music. Whenever my colleagues ask me for assistance I always recommend being consistent. A lot of students lose interest in practicing and performing music; I want to be someone that encourages students to stick with it. The key to retaining young students these days is being creative in the way music is being taught. It is important to use relatable and relevant music in addition to classical and jazz. Everything from Bach to Charlie Parker to Ariana Grande deserves respect and being open minded from a teachers point of view is very important to retain students. Furthermore, it is crucial to not overcomplicate musical concepts. Too many teachers try to confuse their students with the objective of feeling powerful and intelligent. This usually just drives students away. At the end of the day, music is a story. Everyone has a story and music gives people a voice.
For beginner students, Hal Leonard's Essential Elements provides a simple and easy to understand method to learning an instrument. For trumpet students, I like to integrate Earl D. Irons, H. L. Clarke, Arban, Stamp, Chicowicz and Caruso studies. In addition to technique, these books offer etudes and duets. For jazz improvisation students, iRealPro, The Real Book and Jamey Abersolds ii-V-I book (Volume 3). In addition to these method books, I also like to stress the importance of sight reading; books like Alan Raphs Dance Band book and other solo repertoire provide good sight reading training. I always invite students to bring their own interests into lessons. At the end of the day, students will want to play the music that they enjoy and music is supposed to be fun. It feels good to sound great on a song you love!
I always try to encourage students to see the small victories in playing music; regardless of how significant or noticeable an achievement is. Many students get down on themselves because they can't play something or they make a mistake. This is a deficit mindset that stunts growth long term. When I first teach a student I want them to set a short term goal between each lesson and one long term goal that spans from a month to a year. This helps me cater my instruction to what students want to achieve, which makes students feel more fulfilled and more likely to continue playing their instrument.
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