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Bachelor Degree: University of Arkansas
Master Degree: Duquesne University
I grew up in Georgia fully embracing my band nerd. I started playing the saxophone in middle school and took weekly lessons. This led me to go on to college to study music. The saxophone lends itself to play in all genres like jazz and even classical music. I bring a mix of these into the lessons I teach to help students become well versed in saxophone literature. I am also a flute player who can work with beginnrs and intermediate players. Besides music, I also practice and teach yoga. The practice has been helpful in my ability to perform on the saxophone with less strain. I truly enjoy helping students progress and improve their skills.
I have been teaching saxophone lessons as well as tutoring music theory for the past 3 years. I am able to work with beginners up to advanced players. Also, I can offer flute lessons for beginners and those who are at an intermediate level. During lessons, I collaborate with the student to find music that interests them or what their personal goals are. I avoid piling high expectations because school already demands a lot from kids. However, progress is made when the student feels self-motivated to pick up the horn and put the effort in to consistent practice.
I like to work with students through the Rubank Method books. These are excellent books for any level musician to pick up and work from. I use these as a foundation of technique that can be translated to repertoire. Again depending on the style of music the student wants/needs to practice, I will pull from etudes, solo transcriptions, and popular music to start building the student's repertoire. I will also work with students on building skills in improvisation. If the student becomes more advanced I may suggest purchasing books such as Ferling Etudes or Charlie Parker Omni Book. My goal is to create an intentional study for the student to tackle and continue their development as a musician.
I believe it is important for any teacher to be patient and compassionate. Every student is different in their abilities and learning processes. So I remain flexible in trying new ways to keep students engaged and not be distracted if certain techniques become difficult. Unlike a course where you receive a grade, lessons are like coaching sessions. Consistent workouts and drills help build the foundation to perform better in sports. In music, drills include scale study or long tones to help develop sound. This training leads to results we hope to gain as a well rounded musician. Music should not feel like a chore, and instead feel like a fun hobby.
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