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A native of Metro Detroit, MI, Nathan began studying percussion at the age of nine. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Central Michigan University where he studied with Dr. Andrew Spencer and Dallas Symphony timpanist Brian Jones. Nathan just recently graduated with a Masters of Music Performance from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he studied with Chicago Symphony percussionist Vadim Karpinos and Chicago Lyric Opera timpanist Edward Harrison. Nathan was awarded fellowships to attend the Chautauqua and Hot Springs Music Festivals. As a marching performer Nathan B. was a member of the Winter Guard International 2008 World finalist Redline Percussion, LakeShoremen Drum and Bugle Corps and the Chicago Bulls Stampede Drumline. Nathan currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is the Director of Percussion at Lawrence North High School and Fall Creek Valley Middle School. He enjoys cycling, spending time with family and friends as well as eating great food.
Acting, Choir, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Gospel Singing, Musical Theater, Opera Singing, Piano, Singing, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
My background is diverse. I have a Bachelor of Music Education (Major voice, Minor piano & flute) and a double Master’s Degree in Music Ministry and Theology, emphasis in Voice/ Drama. I have both directed and been in plays, musicals and operas as well as directed and coached other musical performances. Through the church I have led and performed in classical and contemporary instrumental and choral music and take great pleasure in ringing and leading handbells. Having taught privately for 20 years, I look forward to helping you grow in a lifelong love of any area you want to develop.
Drum, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, Bassoon, French Horn, Organ, Trombone, Tuba
Music is my life, and is something that I want to share with others! Because of that, I try my best to give positive experiences to all of my students. I have a byline that says "Music is Much More than Just Learning Notes." I believe that! Anyone can learn notes, fingerings, etc. What I try to do is add that "soul" element that each person has and cultivate that into meaningful music!
So, with all that said, here's what I try to instill:
A lesson is a place to share! I listen to students as well as teach. We all have something we can learn from each other!
While I want lessons to be fun and informative, I strive for complete understanding, which means any student will gain the needed mechanics with complete knowledge of why things happen and what they do to and for music. From there, I attempt to teach the "soul" of music and how emotion and spirit play a huge part in memorable music.
I don't believe in brow-beating, but I also don't want to pass over things. I don't believe practice makes perfect, but I do believe practice increases awareness!
I really try hard to help students move beyond the notes on the page. We may listen to music and describe how it makes us feel, or paint pictures both physical and mental of what the music is showing us. That is where I see the soul stepping in.
As stated before, I started on a little Magnus Organ. My grandmother told me years later that I would listen to television jingles and then try to play them on the organ!
Once we settled in our permanant home, my parents brought home a piano and I began working first with Robert Warnick, a local music teacher in the schools. He taught scales and chords. Then, Midge Bishop took me through John Thompson Grade 3, but then had to move away. Finally, I studied under Victoria Hope, lasting 13 years until I went on to college. She taught me the fine art of piano by continually challenging me to approach each piece as an artwork. She had me use the music to paint the picture. Naturally, the element of the soul came through as I put color to music.
Throughout my elementary through high school days, I immersed myself in band, choir and drama. I played piano at church starting very young. I then began trombone in the band during 4th grade. Upon entering high school, I joined choir and participated in marching band, concert band, pep band and jazz band. During those years, I picked up the rest of the brass instruments as needed by my band director. In choir, I excelled both in voice and on piano through accompaniment. Later in high school, I joined up with the drama department where we ultimately had the opportunity to write our own musical. By the time I entered college, I had mastered all the brass instruments, piano and snare drum.
During college, I participated in the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, pep band, trombone choir, several pit orchestras, and the symphony orchestra. I also participated in the choir.
Since that time, I have mastered the woodwinds, organ, drum set guitar and bass guitar and a little violin. I have over 25 years experience teaching lessons. They occurred off and on throughout my younger days.
Private lessons on all instruments and voices, Music Theory, Music History, Art History, Architectural History, Acting, set building, lighting and sound.
Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Voice, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion
1984-89 Bachelor of Science in K-12 Music Education
(Choral, Instrumental and General)
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
1991-95 Master of Divinity in Theology and Ministry
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana
5 through 114 (I haven't seen anyone older, have you?) I believe it is a good idea that a child can read the written word. Reading music occurs in similar ways.
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