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, ...
Hello! My name is Ray - I'm 26 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer. I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 12 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I anticipate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life. I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer. *** ...
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 ...
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 ...
I Have been teaching for 10 + years.Part of my daily focus is on relaxed breathing and generating a big beautiful tone for every note played. Long tones are something that I include in my daily regiment. Lots of dexterity exercises,range building, as well as endurance.
Another aspect of my daily regiment is improvisation. focusing on major/minor/ whole tone/diminished scales/ II-Vs in all keys and playing changes!
Lastly RESTING as MUCH as you PRACTICE is very IMPORTANT!
William is a versatile and energetic musician, having shared the stage and recorded with numerous popular artists. He was a member of the Kids Cotton Club, created by Danny Masterson. Other performances with: John Mayer, toured with Teena Marie for 5 years,Stevie Wonder, accompanied Mariah Carey at the 2006 Grammy’s, Ludacris on the Jay Leno Show, India Arie, Nine Inch Nails,Mos Def, Rick Ross, Lloyd, Snoop Dogg, Sinbad & The Stank Nasty Band, Macy Gray, Blu Cantrell,Richard Wright, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind & Fire, Capital Cities, Prince, Sebastian Bach, Eric Benet, Lupe Fiasco, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, and as a regular Guest with NBC’s Late Night with Carson Daly house-band. William has also performed on American Idol and The Voice, as well as appereances on HBO and other television ...
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