I am able to help students better play their concert band music, jazz band music or solo and ensemble music. I can also help beginners who are brand new to their instrument.
As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 16 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland ...
I have played saxophone since the 6th grade and have played professionally
A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive. *** Lesson Details *** The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I will play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. ...
Brian has been teaching music since 1985, leaving the University of Minnesota behind for the beginning of his full musical career. Brian started playing instruments at the age of 10. He started out on the clarinet through middle school and in 8th grade switched to the tenor sax. He continued playing throughout high school in marching and jazz band. He went on to study music performance at the University of Minnesota in 1981. He started playing professionally while in college where his music career took hold. In 1988 he came out with his first record called 'Coming Home'. His presence increased in the Minneapolis music scene and in 1988 he signed with his first record label Cypress Records, a small jazz label under A&M Records. Shortly after, Cypress Records "went under". In ...
MUSIC I have taught private music lessons for 30 plus years and have experience teaching and performing many instruments and most styles of music. GREEK AND LATIN I am a very firm believer in a classical education, and thus, think that a study of the classical languages to be of the utmost importance to the intellectual development of a student. Those that have studied either Ancient Greek or Latin will attest to the important role it has played in their education. These individuals have finely developed critical thinking skills, understanding of language and a keen sense of writing.
Hello! I have been playing saxophone for over 15 years and I believe that music is a great way to express yourself. I am an environmental educator by day, saxophone player by night. As a teacher, I make sure that all of my students have fun playing music and develop a love for the saxophone, coupled with technical and listening skills. I'm excited to share my expertise with new students in the Twin Cities metro!
I attended New World School of the Arts for saxophone performance where I had the opportunity to play alongside Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ron Carter, Duffy Jackson, James Moody, J.J.Johnson, and many more talented musicians. In 2005, our jazz band got first place at the Essentially Ellington competition in NYC. I attended St.Olaf College on a music scholarship where I played in the St. Olaf Band, the St.Olaf Jazz Band (Downbeat Magazine's Top Undergraduate Jazz Ensembles in 2011), and with several campus bands (funk, folk, you name it!) . I continue to play saxophone today with bands in the Twin Cities area and participate in blues jams in Minneapolis.
I have been teaching for five years now and with my beginner students we will focus on the fundamentals of the instrument such as tone production and scales as well as how to play basic melodies. My intermediate students will also touch on the fundamentals as well as working on basic improvisation and learning tunes by ear. We will also work on sight reading and building repertoire. My advanced students will cover all of these concepts as well as transcribing and strategies used to find gigs.
I am an active member of the twin cities music scene. Currently I hold a weekly residency at Bunkers music bar and grill in Minneapolis and tour through the mid-west region two weekends a month. In the past 8 years I have played venues ranging from Lincoln Center in NYC and First Avenue Main room in Minneapolis to the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul. So far in my career i've played with artists from all over the world such as Doug Lawrence from the Count Basie Band and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver as well as Gary Smulyan from the Village Vanguard and Wynton Marsalis from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. I will have a Bachelors in Music performance from McNally Smith College of Music at the end of this semester.
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