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Wesley P In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Soul, Marching Band

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Wesley P In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Soul, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, California State University, Long Beach, Jazz Studies BM, The Ohio State University, Jazz Studies

Awards:

2017 - John Prince Memorial Scholarship 2015 - KJAZZ Scholarship

Overview:
Hello! My name is Wes, and I am a multi-woodwind instrumentalist based out of Long Beach, CA. I attended California State University, Long Beach for my master's degree, and The Ohio State University for my bachelor's. Though I am mostly seen playing a saxophone, I am classically trained on clarinet, flute and even oboe! I play a wide variety of styles of music, from jazz to pop, and perform and record with big bands, small jazz groups, pit orchestras, and much more! In addition to my performance experience, I am a passionate teacher. In addition to my private studio, I teach woodwinds to elementary school students at a few schools in Palos Verdes.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching as a student at OSU, then started teaching shortly after moving to California. I have been fortunate to have experience teaching students both individually and in group settings. My private students have been of all ages and different levels. One commonality I have found between students in these different settings is that they all have different goals and things that motivate them. With this in mind, I try to provide lessons that meet the individual needs of the student, while also keeping them engaged.
METHODS USED
For younger beginning students, I typically use a method book, such as Accent on Achievement or something similar. For older beginners, I typically use the Rubank beginner's book. With this book, the student learns the fundamentals for their instrument. Once the student demonstrates an understanding of this, we will move on to sheet music. For more advanced students, we will typically use an etude book like Klose to explore the technical aspects of musical performance (such as technique development, phrasing, dynamics, etc.). We will also work on pieces and/or jazz standards and sight reading. I also try to incorporate music theory in lessons for all students. We start with basic musical terms and concepts, and explore more advanced ones as needed. We can also explore jazz harmony and improvisation for those students who are interested.
LESSON STYLE
As mentioned above, each student is motivated by something different and has different musical goals. I try to find ways to make lessons fun and interesting for each and every student. As such, my approach for a less serious student will be different from my approach for a more serious student. However, I make sure that all students have a goal that they are working towards; Perhaps, a piece that they hope to perform at contest or a concert, or mastering their scales and arpeggios in every key. I find that when students have a goal to work towards, the lessons are more focused and the students are more motivated to do what it takes to achieve their goals.
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