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Trumpet

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I have been a musician for 30yrs. with Alto Sax being my Primary Instrument. Being a Woodwind player I also play Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion. I have performed in many large/medium/small venues with many Bands and Ensembles throughout my career. I have also, been a Georgia Certified Teacher, member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and member of the Music Educators National Conference for 14yrs. Most recently as an educator in Clayton County I performed with other musicians at a County production of "The Wiz".

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About

Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
2003

I have lead others and taught them before ever having my own classroom as a leader in High School and College. It has greatly pleased me that my students have had many accomplishments in many groups. These vary from various Honors Bands, the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many High Valued Scholarships. I ecourage regular practice for all my students to review and refine their musicianship overall. I am always looking for new and exciting opportunities to teach those who are interested. Currently I am working in Clayton County Schools as the Director of Bands at Forest Park Middle School. Our group has been rated Excellent and Superior over since I have taken over.

I have the most Experience using the following Method Books: Standard of Excellence, Essential Elements, Accent on Achievement, Instrumental Methods and many other methods. Initially (and throughout) I place a high value on performance fundamentals. I start with a focus on proper posture and breathing. Once this can be executed I breakdown the nomenclature of the student's instrument, how to put it together and break it down. Next the focus becomes proper grip for mallets/sticks and embouchure placement for winds. Students then begin to develop a proper "buzz" and "coo" and "roll" for their selected instrument as they work on basic notes for some time. Eventually this playing short 3 note songs and then 5 note songs etc. Progress for mastery is constantly checked.

  In my classroom transdisciplinary is innate to my teach style.  I teach all skills in my class using many methods including but, not limited to the following: Clapping, singing, stomping, writing, modeling, syllables (math), one-on-one  Beginning players usually start with a short Assessment of their knowledge of music. We will spend a lot of time thorughout their experience on Tone, Intonation, Technique, Range, and Style using various styles.    Experienced players usually start with a short Assessment of their knowledge of music. A high focus of our Studio time will be spent developing Music/Solos etc. they are already preparing for Honors groups, High School and College. We will spend a lot of time thorughout their experience on Tone, Intonation, Technique, Range, and Style using various styles.

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Experience

Band Director
Jul 2016 - Present
Forest Park Middle School

Band Director
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
Bennett's Mill Middle School

I took over as the Interim director.

Band Director
Jul 2009 - May 2015
Mcnair Middle School

Assistant Band Director
Jul 2012 - May 2013
Banneker High School

Assistant Band Director
Jul 2010 - May 2012
Tri-Cities High School

Band Director
Jul 2003 - Dec 2007
Therrell High School


Education

Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Aug 1997 - May 2003
Florida A & M University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Music k-12
Jul 2003
Georgia Professional Standards Commission

I am fully certified to teach Band, Orchestra, Chorus and General Music for all students from Kindergarten through 12 grade.

Awards

Second Place Trophy
May 2016
Six Flags over Georgia
Award of Appreciation for participation
Oct 2008
Florida A & M University

Affiliations

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Oct 1998

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Photos & Videos

Personal Introduction
Performance: NBA Hawks Basketball game

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Performance: NBA Hawks game

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Performance: Large Group Performance Evaluation

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Rehearsal: Woodwind sectional

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Performance: Governor's Mansion Holiday performance

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Performance: Governor's Mansion Holiday performance

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Performance: Season  of Lights Holiday performance

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Performance: High School Football game performance
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2 Reviews

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Edwin Jul 15, 2019
Percussion · In studio

Mr little is really good at teaching and trying to keep Tim stable. He tries his best to help everyone and when he does he does a amazing job at it and I really hope that he keeps up what he is doing

Frank Jul 14, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Mr. Little is an absolute blessing for our son. He really takes the time to get to know our Braydens strengths and weaknesses which allow him to be an amazing instructor. He’s so kind and just always makes him feel special.

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