Mercedes was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of nine, under jazz master Dr. Jackie McLean. She was originally classically trained and played in orchestras and big bands but began attending classes at the Artist Collective, which was developed by McLean himself. She continued to play throughout college, attending the University of Hartford's Hartt school of Music in the jazz program at the Jackie McLean Institute. She earned her B.A. from the university in 2005. Mercedes then went on to attend the California Institute of the Arts Herb Albert school of Music, studying under Paul Novaros and Vinny Golia, earning her Master's Degree in 2008. Her primary style is bebop, however she also has a strong history in big band, swing, ...
My services provide you with an opportunity to learn from a balance state of thinking to achieve success in your goals for the chosen instrument. Whether its technique, learning how to read both musically and literally, my teaching methods are very self reflective and introspective to provide the understanding you're looking for. All in all my sessions are very people friendly and driven to meet your needs. This helps to learn on a deeper level so that you may appreciate, learn faster and enjoy a greater sense of awareness for the fun of the music making process. I have a very warm and easy going approach with an emphasis on FUN so that we can connect to what we love to do which is make music.
My name is James and I have earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance and graduated from Cal State Fullerton. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education received from the University of Redlands. I have performed with a variety of musical ensembles (college, orchestra, band, chamber groups) and have experience in all musical genres. Currently I am Co-principal of the Corona Symphony Orchestra and play in other groups throughout Southern California as well as the Elementary level band instructor in the Monrovia Unified School district. I have also taught and coached at several middle and high schools for the past few years, and I teach privately throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. My passion is educating the musicians of tomorrow and helping them discover ...
I am a brass, voice and percussion artist and teacher, local to the Pomona area, specializing in many styles such as Classical, Jazz, and Pop. I am a tuba player at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim performing in numerous ensembles throughout the park. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance from CSU Sacramento and my master's degree in tuba performance at Azusa Pacific University. At APU I have held principal chairs in many ensembles including the Jazz band I, Wind Ensemble, graduate quintet, Vocal Jazz, and am the Assistant director of the Blackout Marching Band (APU). In addition, I was privileged to win multiple downbeat awards with the Sacramento State Jazz Singers where I sung bass and was often a featured soloist. I am featured as the bass singer in Selfless Cold and ...
Building basic technique: embouchre studies, learning fingerings, correct breathing and air use.
Ensemble and solo repertoire and technique studies, scales, theory, improvisation, etc.
Books used: Standard of Excellence (beginner), Essential Elements (beginner), Yamaha (beginner), Arban's (intermediate/advanced)
I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles. As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz and pop/rock styles. As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral ...
Miles has trumpet to taught all ages, ranging from fourth graders to retirees, and all skill levels from beginners to those preparing for college auditions. Schools he has instructed students at include Vista Murrieta High School, Fallbrook High School, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, William Workman High School, Rubidium High School, Raymond Cree Middle School, and Warm Springs Middle School.
Skills covered include everything needed to play the trumpet successfully. Sound, projection, reading, technique, flexibility, repertoire, and range can all be developed if the student earnestly wants to take the time to develop them. A practice regimen is designed for each individual student depending on their strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
Miles M. is a Southern California-based performer and educator. He is currently 3rd Trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the American Youth Symphony, a premier training ensemble based in Los Angeles. He attends California State University Fullerton, pursuing his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and studying under Barry Perkins, Principal Trumpet of the Pacific Symphony. He graduated from the University of Redlands in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance where he studied with Dr. David Scott. As an educator, Miles is energetic and keeps lessons positive, varied, and always with a goal in mind. There is a constant emphasis on building fundamentals and using those as a foundation for making great music. Not everyone learns the ...
Whether you're just starting on the trumpet or you're preparing for state band auditions, I've got the skills and insight you need to become a great trumpet player. In high school I was an all-state jazz trumpet player, and I went to college on a scholarship to play jazz trumpet. I keep lessons fun and interesting by incorporating the kinds of music you enjoy with the kinds of music you need to achieve your goals.
I grew up in a music store, and learned a love for music at an early age. I started piano at age 3, and just kept adding instruments from there. I majored in music at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I was on scholarship for Piano, Trumpet and French Horn. I have taught General Music, Beginning Band, and Beginning Orchestra in four LA area private and charter schools, as well as teaching music classes for home-school co-op groups in the Hollywood area. I've been teaching private lessons for nearly 10 years, taking students from ages 4-adult, from beginner to intermediate skill levels. *** Lesson Details *** Music should be fun, and my lessons are geared towards keeping students engaged and excited. I've developed a very out-of-the-box teaching style that takes into account the ...
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