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Five Towns College Jazz/Commercial Music Performance- Fall 2016 - Spring 2018
Upper Moreland High School-Graduated 2016
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I am a very passionate instructor who loves to work with students by teaching them about my passion. I started going to Five Towns College in the Fall of 2016 and I am currently working on getting my Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Commercial Music Performance for Saxophone. I've had the greatest opportunity to play at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and got to learn from great musicians such as Monnette Sudler, Odean Pope, Joey Defrancesco, Cedric Napoleon and many more. I can play many different styles ranging from Classical, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Blues, and Hip Hop.
I started teaching back in high school to marching band students that wanted to play saxophone. That experience turned into a passion that carried into college where I taught music ed students as well as anyone else that wanted to learn the saxophone. As a teacher, I encourage consistent practice on a regular basis to all my students so they can achieve what they wish to achieve. I've found that holding realistic goals as well as maintaining a balance between teaching different fundamentals is key to keeping students motivated and excited playing the saxophone. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages.
For younger students who are just starting out, I start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements seeing as that is the book that most public schools use when teaching young, aspiring students an instrument. As the student becomes more proficient, I will begin slowly introducing material of various styles to allow the student to explore their interests. For adults, I try to find what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly so the student can learn what they want to learn, as well as for them to have a good time no matter what their ability level is.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music. To allow that to develop, I set realistic goals for my students so they can get feelings of accomplishment which will inspire them to learn more. Every student progresses at their own pace, so setting realistic goals is necessary so the student doesn't feel stuck or overwhelmed. What is most important to me is that the student is having fun while learning, and teaching what they want to learn as well as what they need to learn to play what they wish. By finding what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
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