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Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Cycling, Fitness, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Piano, Running, Saxophone, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Swimming, Triathlon, Viola, Violin
Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.
Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta SinfĂłnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.
Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.
Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.
Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.
Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.
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I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!
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Dedicated music space: (music stands, personal instruments, metronome, tuner), additional seating for parents in foyer/seating area; nearby park; shops for errands.
I do not supply student instruments but can refer you. You can purchase materials through me or where you choose.
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Accordion, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Broadway Singing, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin
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I provide my instrument. Expect student to have their own.
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All methods, styles, genres.
*** Play just to have fun or prepare for college, church and/or professional employment! ***
Bassoon, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe
I received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance and pedagogy from CU Boulder, a Master of Music degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory and my Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific. I have fourteen years of music teaching experience and can help you achieve your goals.
Ableton, Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Bongo, Broadway Singing, Cello, Child Acting, Choir, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Conga Drums, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, English, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Hand Drums, Harmonica, Harp, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Logic Pro Software, Mandolin, Marimba, Math, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Pro Tools Software, QuickBooks, Reading, Saxophone, SEO, Singing, Songwriting, Steel Drums, Synthesizer, Tabla, Theater Acting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Web Analytics, Web Design, Xylophone
2012 Award-Winning New Jersey music teacher, Brandon has been teaching music since 2000.
Bassoon, Clarinet, Logic Pro Software, Music Theory, Saxophone
A founding member of Vortex Street woodwind quintet, graduate of The Juilliard School, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), bassoonist, collaborative artist, and multi-instrumentalist Brandon B. has been hailed as an insightful, engaging, and energetic musician by professionals in New York City and Cincinnati, members of The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Brandon B. has given solo recitals throughout Ohio and New York City, and has performed and recorded with MIVOS Quartet, Rat Wakes Red, The Juilliard Ensemble, and Axiom Ensemble, as well as premiering over a dozen new works with the New Juilliard Ensemble. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has performed in several orchestras for theatrical stage productions in Ohio, New Jersey, and New York City. Since graduating from The Juilliard School, he still performs on occasion with the New Juilliard Ensemble and the Juilliard Electric Orchestra.
In 2013, Mr. B. was awarded a featured bassoon fellowship for the American Soundscapes program at the Weill institute at Carnegie Hall, where his playing was praised as 'heartfelt and singing' by world renowned composer John Adams. In contemporary music, Mr. B. has been instrumental in premiering the inspired works of artists such as Rex Isenberg, Kyle Werner, Shin-Lei Chen, Vincent Lombardi, and Paul Rouders.
Scott Alexander Blakley is a passionate performer and teacher, dedicated to energetic performance and exploration of music of all types. Blakley studied with principal musicians of The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony and attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music. At 19, he was the youngest member of The American Wind Symphony Orchestra during their 2000 summer tour of over 30 cities in the US and Canada. The next summer, he received a grant from Peabody to found and direct a summer chamber music program in Minnesota. He later transferred to UCLA and was awarded a Gluck fellowship for chamber music performance and education. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in ethnomusicology. In addition to private teaching, Blakley is an active freelance bassoonist and conducts woodwind and chamber music clinics in schools all over the Bay Area. He has also performed in traditional Ghanaian, Chinese, Balinese, and Javanese ensembles, and is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with 5 albums and hundreds of performances to his credit.
Why Bassoon Lessons?
The bassoon is an incredibly difficult instrument to play. With a delicate double reed that needs frequent adjustment, and literally hundreds of different fingerings, the instrument is nearly impossible to learn to play without regular private instruction. (see this short video explanation of ScottâÂ€Â™s mentor, Charles Ullery http://youtu.be/cdzkF4m2hH0 )
Bassoon can also be an incredibly rewarding. With its exceptionally large range and unique tone color, there is a plethora of excellent solo and orchestral repertoire for the instrument. Vital to every orchestra, bassoonists are often in demand. Contrary to the intense competition among oversaturated pools of violinists, pianists, clarinetists, etc. playing bassoon will help you get into college and receive generous scholarships.
My teaching philosophy has always emphasized practice technique, meaning I don't feel is simply enough to explain how to play something, but also how to practice, and practice efficiently. I use a variety of methods including, re-articulation, singing, conducting, movement, and memorization. I also include theory, solfege, and music history in my lessons. I believe this approach enables students to envision their own ability to master difficult repertoire while keeping stress and frustration in check. Above all, I teach love of music. I am confident that I can inspire students not only enjoy music, but also derive a stronger sense of self and community from it.
The reason I don't give lessons any shorter than one hour is so that we can spend the first 10-25 minutes working on the reed. Bassoon reeds are extremely sensitive and if not adjusted properly, can be similar to trying to sing with a bad cold. Regular lessons help me make sure the studentsâÂ€Â™ reeds are working properly and not making things any more difficult than they have to be. This also helps the student to learn how to adjust their own reeds (and even make them) over time. Since reeds are relatively expensive, being able to adjust them and make them last longer can save a significant amount of money.
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"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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