Christopher Castro

Christopher C.

Miami, FL

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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2005

A Miami native, Chris has been performing in the genre of jazz music worldwide scene for over 10 years. Performing alongside greats to include Paquito D' Rivera, Dave Samuels, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Gary Campbell and many more, Chris is becoming a name recognized throughout the music industry. He began his professional career at the renown school of music at Florida International University, performing in groups to include the F.I.U. Big Band and Studio Big Band, F.I.U Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Quartet. Shortly thereafter he continued his professional career in his childhood dream of being a soldier in the United States Army. A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces Chris used his talents in giving all he could attending the Army School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia and performing in the U.S. Army Bands for 4 years.

He currently is attending Florida International University working on his Master's Degree in Music Education after Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. He has also been featured as a Saxophonist on Carnival Cruise Lines Cruises. Chris continues to be involved heavily in the Education of music to all age groups and levels in the South Florida community specializing in woodwind instruments in both Jazz ad Classical.

Chris is available for special one on one or group instruction and any upcoming special event that you may have in the future. Where this is for group or private instruction, for solo's and ensembles, reaching that 1st chair position, becoming a better performer/ musician or expanding your education outside of the classroom I will make sure we complete the task/goal at hand...

Individual Awards include:
• 4 FBA STATE SUPERIORS FOR PERFORMANCE
• 12 FBA COUNTY SUPERIORS FOR PERFORMANCE
• 3 LOUIS ARMSTRONG JAZZ AWARDS
• 8 ALL COUNTY HONOR BAND APPEARANCES
• 1 ALL STATE HONOR BAND APPEARANCES
• 2 SOUTH FLORIDA HONOR BAND APPEARANCES
• 4 STRAIGHT SUPERIOR AWARDS (COUNTY)
• 4 STRAIGHT SUPERIOR AWARDS (STATE)
• SCHOOL PRIDE AWARD
• AWARD FOR RECOGNITION (BAND SECRETARY, BAND MANAGER)
• NAFME TRIM HONOR MUSIC SOCIETY

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:
PERFORMED ALONGSIDE GREATS SUCH AS ARTURO SANDOVAL, ED CALLE, GARY KELLER, CARLOS AVERHOFF, GARY CAMPBELL, DAVE FERNANDEZ, MIKE ORTA, ED MAINA, JON FADDIS, PAQUITO D’ RIVERA, DAVE SAMUELS, GIOVANNI HIDALGO. TOURED WITH THE U.S. ARMY BANDS ACROSS THE NATION AND GLOBE AS THE LEAD SAXOPHONIST.

*** Lesson Details ***
A lead instrumentalist my entire career in music was no easy feat but I was fortunate enough to receive a world class education through much experience and world class instructors like Gary Keller, Gary Campbell, Dave Fernandez, Carlos Averhoff, Ed Maina, Richard Procopio, Ed Calle, I am able to pass this world class education to my students. No matter your level of musical knowledge and ability, beginner to advance I can take you to the next level using the same literature and curriculum/ policy design that was incorporated to me when I was educated by the some of the world's greatest.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Microphones, Headphones, Pro-Tools, Professional Video/Audio equipment and programs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music, stands, students provide equipment needed to perform (reeds, mouthpieces, paper, and pencil).

*** Specialties ***
All Styles and Genres

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Education

Masters of Science in Music Education
May 2013 - May 2014
Florida International University
Bachelors In Music Performance
Jun 2006 - May 2013
Florida International University

Languages

Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

music education Certification
Jul 2014
Florida Department of Education

Affiliations

Florida Music Educators Association
Jan 2013

The mission of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida Students as a part of their complete education.

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Blanca Jan 8, 2016
Music Performance · In home

Uncle can you teach me. I like playing all types of instruments and I am also taking up music. My grandmother got me into music also and I play guitar, harmonica, accordion, drum and flute. As you can see I like music also and I do Karaoke with my mom who is your sis. We love you and one day God will join us together. I am proud you got your own place and one day I can take care of you. I am also thinking why I don't have any uncle from my mom side who I can be with. Love your Nephew Mario Barrios.

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Manuel G. Nov 26, 2013
Saxophone ·

Chris Performance

I have been taking saxophone lessons with Chris for the past month and the experience has been invaluable. Their professionalism as well as dedication are two very important elements in the dynamics that has been developed. In the first class I could barely play a scale, and for the third week I could play 5 of them without any problem. We are now focusing on developing the style of swing that is something I have always wanted to learn. I know that with his guidance I'll get to where I want to be in relation to my musicianship.

Chirs Thanks for your interest and dedication.

Manny

PS: He has being able also to give me feedback by email or over the phone; something that is highly important for practicing the wright way.

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