Carter Willmann

Carter W.

Tustin, CA
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Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I am a private music instructor specializing in woodwind instruments looking to take on clarinet, flute and saxophone students in the Orange County area!

My lessons consist of a well balanced coverage of exercises (scales, note patterns, etudes, duets, major repertoire, etc) geared towards building a solid foundation in playing technique. This allows each student to be accurate and expressive with a sense of ease in their playing! Students of the studio are also thrown into the world of music! They are strongly encouraged to attend concerts, listen to music regularly, and attend masterclasses. The goal is not just to learn an instrument, but to also develop a life-long love and appreciation for music!

I am very proud to say that my students soar through their band and orchestra programs in school and obtain a sound quality/sense of musicality way beyond their grade level! The majority of my students excel past their school music programs! They join youth/honor bands and orchestras, chamber music programs, and solo competitions! I am a music teacher with the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) so most of my students participate in Certificate of Merit every year. CM is a progressive music exam program made up of 10 levels of musical accomplishment in which students (based on their level) perform solos, scales, sight-reading and a music theory exam in front of a committee. This enforces a well rounded musical education for a minimal cost!
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About

Carter passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Carter delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

Mission Statement

I firmly believe that everyone has the ability to enjoy and be expressive on an instrument. It is miss instruction and a lack of passion in music education that allows students to become frustrated and bored, ultimately pushing them to quit their instruments.

My goal as a music educator is not only to teach the mechanics of an instrument, but to also inspire a life-long passion for music. Therefore I make a point to encourage students to explore all the music there is to be had in their surrounding environment! This includes attending concerts, listening to great recordings and savoring all the music that our modern-day media has to offer!

With this consistent musical exploration I teach a thorough curriculum of scales, exercises, duets and standard solo repertoire pieces. Surrounding all this is a foundation in music theory. This pedagogical study will enable a fun and easy experience when students pick up their instruments to perform music!

In addition to this private study I strongly encourage my students to pursue extra-curricular musical activities outside their school music programs. This includes auditioning for honor bands/orchestras, chamber music, music competitions and effective musical examinations such as Certificate of Merit. I believe a constant setting and achieving of goals is the foundation of growth in anything we do and music is no exception.

I am proud to say that the majority of my students develop great interest in classical music, fueling them to push past their difficulties and achieve a high standard of musical performance!

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Experience

Woodwind Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Heritage Home Conservatory

Woodwind Instructor
Aug 2010 - Present
California Music Studios

Free Lance Musician
Jan 2006 - Present
Self-Employed

Woodwind Instructor
Sep 2010 - Dec 2016
Orchepia School of Music

Woodwind Instructor
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Green Tree Music Academy

Education

Masters of Music - Performance
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
California State University - Fullerton
Bachelors in Music Performance with an emphasis in education
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
DePaul University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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3 Reviews

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Matthew Mar 7, 2018
Clarinet · In home

Before beginning lessons with Carter, playing clarinet was something that I dreaded to do to say the least. Once I started lessons I experienced exponential growth in my playing abilities and began to enjoy the instrument. Fast forward 6 years, because of the help of Carter, I have the opportunity to perform in prestigious youth groups, and have experiences that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Because of my lessons I have developed a love for playing clarinet and music that I wouldn't have had without Carter. -Matthew 6 years

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Donna Mar 7, 2018
Clarinet · In home

Carter has been instrumental in my son's growth and development as a musician and clarinetist. He has worked with my son over six years and has displayed patience, exceptional teaching ability and coaching, and clear talent as a musician. Due to Carter's support and teaching over the years, my son has realized tremendous success. He has been First Chair in his Wind Ensemble group at school, a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, and a member of the California All-State Music Ensemble. I strongly believe that, without Carter, these accomplishments would have not been possible!

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Chris Mar 5, 2018
Flute · In home

"My daughter started flute lessons with Carter 4 years ago, and it has been an immensely positive experience. Carter is very knowledgeable and professional. He strikes exactly the right balance between encouraging my daughter and challenging her. As a consequence, she has gone from a beginner to a very proficient player in a children's orchestra. Carter also helps his students to enlarge their musical activity by giving concerts, joining ensemble groups and listening to other musicians. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to either beginners or more advanced players."

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