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Bachelor Degree: East Carolina University
2010 - East Carolina University Trumpet Scholarship
2010 - East Carolina University Friends of Music Scholarship
2012 - Inaugural Bonfiglio Foundation Scholarship
Hello! My name is Zack. I am a professional music educator in San Marcos, TX. I earned my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University in 2014. I am just as passionate about the art of teaching as I am about making music and I get the opportunity to do both everyday as an elementary music teacher in San Marcos CISD. I love finding new ways to connect with my students and share my passion for music. In my spare time I perform with several groups around Austin and San Marcos.
I began teaching private lessons in 2010 during my senior year in high school and continued to teach through college. After graduating from East Carolina University, I spent 4 years working as a middle school and high school band director before finding my passion for elementary music. During my time as a band director, I worked with students individually, in small groups, and as part of large ensembles. Now, at the elementary level, I teach choir, basic music reading skills, percussion, and ukulele. I am privileged to be able to introduce so many children to world of music!
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that every student is different. They learn differently, think differently, and are motivated by different things. When I start teaching a new student, my first objective is to learn more about them. I believe that cultivating a positive and trusting student-teacher relationship, especially with young beginners, is essential. My goal in lessons is to set my students up to have successful and productive practice sessions outside of their lessons. To accomplish this, I like to approach the repertoire by employing fun and effective practice strategies. My goal isn't necessarily that the student has mastered the concept or music that we are working on by the time they leave the lesson, but that they will have the tools and techniques to do it on their own.
One of the most important this for a student to be able to enjoy making music is that they see and feel the benefits of their practice from week to week. For this reason, in my lessons, I strive to introduce students to music that they enjoy playing and presents a reasonable challenge, exercises that allow them to focus on the areas of their playing that need the most growth, and practice techniques that make practicing fun. My goal is that students leave each lesson excited about trying something new in their playing.
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