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Accompaniment, Audition Prep, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin
I am a Music graduate from Hunter College and a native of New York City, where I was once the music director for the Holy Rosary Theater Group. I have performed in various college ensemble and city groups across New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. I also had wonderful opportunities to perform in pit orchestras for Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels while living in New York City. I currently perform as the principal horn for the city of Thornton's community band and am continuing my journey in education with MSU-Denver!
As an undergraduate at Hunter College I studied horn with Richard Casparie, music composition with Shafer Mahoney, and piano with Gary Hammond.
After moving to Colorado, I have been busy teaching as a substitute teacher for Mapleton Public Schools and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. In March 2013, I was offered the chance to work with Mapleton's intermediate and advanced bands, specifically working with wind instruments. In October 2013, I was offered to assist the entire Band Department at Mapleton Public Schools by offering help to many of the young musicians there as the interim director for the high school ensemble. In April, 2014 I began working alongside the Broomfield Youth Symphony to start a summer band programs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced instrumentalists who are looking to continue learning about their instruments or even learn a new one!
My lessons offer every student a unique opportunity to have fun while also challenging them based on how much time they can commit to practice each week. I respond to the needs and the likes of each student and try to play towards those things.
I enjoy helping other people, especially through music and truly find joy in it. I love spreading that joy to others and hope to inspire my students to strive excellence in both music and beyond.
Thank you so much for stopping by my page. I look forward to meeting with you and creating music together!.
*** Lesson Details ***
I will call all new students before the first lesson to learn a few things and plan out the first lesson together.
The following outline more directly applies to beginning students. After the first six months, students will know the following:
Notes: First 2 Scales on Instrument
Rhythms: Quarter Note, Quarter Rest, Eighth Note, Half Note, Eighth Rest, Half Rest, Whole Note, Whole Rest
Fundamental Technique on Instrument (e.g. Embouchure, 5-Finger Playing)
Relaxation for Ease of Playing
My teaching style is adaptable and I try to see what works best for each student and will teach to their particular strengths. It is a cooperative process that revolves around the student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
*** Travel Equipment ***
I recommend that students who are new to an instrument rent before buying. In the first few months, students discover if their chosen instrument is something they would like to stick with! Feel free to contact TakeLessons and look for me with any questions regarding rentals or buying instruments!
As far as books, I would recommend that students purchase books. However, I can make copies for educational purposes and can be flexible as far as this recommendation.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music, though I do have some experience with popular music and jazz. I could not fit all of my book lists onto the list below but I can share that via E-Mail or other method if you would like to know more.
Fiddle, Viola, Violin
I love music, and I love helping other people find and develop their love for music! I began formal study with Suzuki piano at the age of 3 1/2 and added violin at age 7, and haven't stopped since!
Growing up in the small, northern California town of Arcata, I was lucky to be exposed to many types of music, from the traditional Irish music my father played at home to local rock, blues, and jazz concerts, music from around the world, and a wide variety of different amalgamations of Classical music. Playing in ensembles such as the Humboldt Symphony, the Little River String Quartet, the Academy Fiddlers, and attending summer festivals such as Boston University Tanglewood Institute allowed me to develop my skills. I graduated from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. Since moving to Denver to attend school in 2009, my playing has appeared with a wide range of bands and ensembles. I currently play with high energy Celtic Pirate Rock group Potcheen, and have recorded with local Denver groups Reviving Cecilia, Houses, and for the projects such as ‚¬Ä¬úHipster! The Musical‚¬Ä¬Ě and online multimedia project Tangled We Weave. I also regularly perform in concert with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont Senegalese Drumming Ensemble, in a traditional Irish fiddle duo with my brother Evan, the Lamont Mbalax (Senegalese Pop) Band, and others. Additionally, I maintain a very active string quartet, playing weddings, events, and producing custom arrangements as well as playing concerts throughout Colorado, California, and New Mexico.
I am excited to be able to bring this diverse experience to my teaching, and hope you will give me the opportunity to work with you or your child!
*** Lesson Details ***
The focus in lessons is always on what -you- want to learn, keeping things fun and personalized without sacrificing a solid technical foundation. What this concretely means is that, at the first lesson, I will sit down with you and/or your child and assess what it is you want to get out of music lessons in order to come up with a lesson plan tailored to exactly what -you- want to be learning.
I believe that there should be no need for strictness or punishment - when students are inspired and engaged in lessons, practice and progress grow naturally out of the environment without any need for a stern or restrictive atmosphere!
Acting, Algebra, American History, Arrangement and Composition, Astronomy, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Composition, Ear Training, Elementary Math, Essay Writing, European History, Film Scoring, Gaming, Geography, Grammar, History, Literature, Logic Pro Software, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Photography, Piano, Pre Algebra, Public Speaking, Reading, Speech, Spelling, Synthesizer, Video Production, Viola, Violin, Vocabulary, Voice Acting, Writing
Taylor is a sophomore graduating from Red Rocks Community College in Spring 2015 with a History/General Education Associates Degree. He is a prospective student of the University of Northern Colorado, which has one of the best public music conservatories in the nation, with a declared B.M. in Composition. He has plans to attain his Master of Music in Conducting after receiving his Bachelor's.
Taylor has performed with many famous musicians and conductors; notable names include Mark Wood (founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Wes Kenney (lead conductor of the Colorado State University Symphony Orchestra), and Randy Sabien (famous jazz violinist). He studied Viola privately at the University of Denver under the instruction of champion fiddler and musical saw player Caroline McCaskey. Taylor currently studies music theory and piano privately with famous Ukrainian pianist and music historian Olga Dashevskaya, looking to expand his musical abilities.
Taylor has won many awards and scholarships with his writing skills and literary knowledge. Along with music, Taylor can teach various subjects including English, History, Theatre, Literature, Astronomy, Public Speaking, and Algebra. Although lessons follow a basic curriculum, the lesson is always about what the student desires to accomplish. For example, music students are ALWAYS allowed to pick their own performance repertoire to work on. Lessons are always focused on encouragement, assistance, and the self-success and determination of the student.
As of today, Taylor has over a quarter million hits on his arrangements and compositions. You can check out his music at: www.soundcloud.com/taylorrusso
"With lessons, *I try to keep it very cheap so that the student can afford the help they need. I believe in helping others when they are in need. Also, if you are outside the state of Colorado, I can do online classes (for MOST subjects; please inquire before purchasing lessons). I will not be able to do any in-home lessons outside 10 miles of Golden, as I have a busy schedule."
*I am willing to negotiate my already low prices occasionally, depending on certain factors; scheduling, type of lessons, etc. Please feel free to email me with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
"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."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."