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Tom C In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Saxophone, Music
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Showtunes, Marching Band

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Tom C In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Saxophone, Music
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Showtunes, Marching Band

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor Degree: Baldwin Wallace University
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2015-2019: Baldwin Wallace Conservatory E.S. & M.R. Griffiths Scholarship

2015-2019: Baldwin Wallace University President's Scholarship

Overview:

I am a young, career-driven educator with a diverse background in public school experience. I recently graduated from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. In my time at Baldwin Wallace, I had the opportunity to teach in public and charter schools to students of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to my educational background, I had plenty of performance opportunities in my college musical career. I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2018 and 2019, the former being under the baton of renowned composer Frank Ticheli. I also performed as the tenor player in the Nemo Quartet from 2015-2018, performing in multiple concerts and recitals in Northeastern Ohio.

I have a great passion for teaching as well as performing, and I am very excited to continue my work in these areas in the Memphis area.

EXPERIENCE

As a music educator, I have plenty of teaching experience. I've seen students of all ages play on many different instruments, and I've been in the room to help along the way. Though my primary instrument is Saxophone, I have a general level of skill on most band instruments, and can help beginners get started and achieve great things in the early steps of their band program. In my experience, I've learned that everybody not only learns differently, but at different times. Being able to adapt is important to any lesson and practice environment. I believe I have the toolbox that is required to approach problems from multiple perspectives, as well as find commonalities between different genres of music and even different instruments altogether.

METHODS USED

My general philosophy of music is that it should be accessible. Music shouldn't be something you can only participate in if you are wealthy. With this in mind, I try my best to supply my students with the best materials that will have the most value. However, I also believe that pursuing music is an investment, and there will be times in each student's life where they need to make financial decisions to further their education. I do my best to support this, and provide the best information for my students going through this process.

In addition, music is something we experience every day on a popular scale. We hear it on the radio, on TV, and in movies. But we seldom give music the same kind of attention in schools. My goal is to approach music education in a way that is practical for all students. Both as a public school teacher and a private educator, I know not all of my students will pursue a career in music like I did. However, there are countless skills that can be picked up through practical music education. I can teach classical and jazz music in a way that relates directly to what's on the radio and onscreen. By bridging this gap, not only can I hold my students' interests, but I give them a relevant skill and an immediate method to applying it.

With these two ideas in mind, I can create a comprehensive curriculum for each student that aligns with their skills and their goals. Knowing that each student is different, it is important for me to keep track of progress and realign every single lesson to those long-term goals. Beginning students want to learn the fundamentals, and with that I give them fundamental music theory, so they can understand how to apply what they play, as well as relate the music to their interests. More advanced students want to get better, so my instruction will focus on how to practice as well as self-assessment. The goal with advanced private lessons is not to get the answers to your problems, but really to get the tools to solve them yourself.

Again, I focus on creating an accessible environment with relevant concepts and goals that are aligned with the students' interests and needs.

LESSON STYLE

When you ask someone why they take lessons, their answer is generally "to get better." However, "getting better" is very complicated. In college, I took lessons because they were required. But after being immersed in music and learning more about yourself, you quickly change your perspective. Lessons are all about setting, achieving, and maintaining goals. My lessons are not required, and as a result, are all about student goals from day one. I put together a unique curriculum and constantly revise it to align with each individual's goals. By taking into great consideration what my students want to learn, their lesson environment is fueled by their own passion.

In addition to passion, by setting goals based on the students' desires, I am also able to map out lessons individually according to their skill level. Each student is different in how they learn as well as what they bring to the table initially. By creating a curriculum that combines the skills the students want to learn and the skills that are needed for a normal progression of musicianship, students will learn how to manage outside expectations of practice and learning. As with most things in life, there are sometimes times where we are tasked with things we don't want to do. My goal is to present these tasks as challenges that can be conquered through hard work and perseverance, and provide the tools with which my students can approach them.

In music careers, you need to be incredibly self-motivated. At the end of the day, you are the only one that can make yourself practice. You are the only one that can take auditions, show up to rehearsals, and set your own goals. Most, if not all, professional musicians don't take private lessons anymore. They are at the point in their careers where their own motivation and passion drives their eagerness to improve and achieve success. It is my goal to instill this quality in my students through the methods above. In addition to getting better at music, being self-motivated is an important trait in ANY career, and learning how to manage commitments and responsibilities, like lessons and practicing, is the stepping stone to becoming a productive and passionate person in life.

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