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MFA, Academy of Art Univeristy, Music for Visual Media (currently acquiring) BME, Jackson State University, Trumpet Emphasis
2011 - Became a Member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc.
2009 - Performed with the Jackson State University Chamber Orchestra at Inargural Events
I am an enthusiast and nuturing instructor who cares for the specific needs of students to yield them on the path of success. I've graduated from Jackson State Univeristy with a Bachelors in Music Education degree, and I am currently attending the Academy of Art Unversirty in pursuit of a Masters in Fine Art. I have traveled throughout the U.S. performing with JSU's Chamber Orchestra and "Sonic Boom of the South". One moment that I'm particularly proud to be apart of is performing alongside Mary Mary in an inargural event for President Barack Obama.
I have been teaching since 2009, mostly with students who enroll in summer camp with the intent to study in a Music Conservatory. With this particular opportunity I was able to instruct students on a group and individual basis, as well as assist with classes such as Music Theory and other electives expanding their skills through other instruments and art forms. I've also worked with middle school and high school students during the school year to advance their individual and group ensemble proficiency. What I am most intrigued about is watching a student's growth, as a musician and as a person, from the beginning of our time together to the end. There's this sense of pride and appreciation there that can't be replaced.
The method book I tend to start off with for beginners is the Bruce Pearson's Standard of Excellence. Dependent on the student's speed or other intial levels (i.e. Intermediate or Advanced) we will branch out to other progressive repertoire and method books, including solo and duet material. Also, contingent on the student's goals as an individual or as a member of an ensemble, we may work on assigned literature presented by myself or their Musical Conductor/Band Director.
It is important to me to make an intial assessment of where the student is, what particular techniques need to be cultivated, and other things of that nature to have a full understanding of the direction in which we need to take. It is also imparative that the student is motivated and has that parental support, as I will always be ready with encouragement and productivity to reach the goals that we've set together.
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