I am experienced at teaching all levels of players.
I studied sax, woodwinds, brass and piano performance at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Berklee School Of Music, and I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In addition to all the book knowledge, I have vast experience in performance - where it counts!
Having played in bands since high school, moving on to Boston and performing with the most sought-after band, Eye2Eye, for 10 years then on to Arizona, playing and singing live in countless venues.
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I have an easy-going personality and people are comfortable with me and I offer great direction and expect students to do their part in order to grow.
For beginning woodwinds and brass, I use the Standard Of Excellence series and once students advance we go to a variety of scale, etude and performance pieces and songs. I prefer to teach classical (legit) music and techniques in conjunction with ear-traing and "street-knowledge" for pop and jazz music. After several months, students will have learned a great deal of technique and will be able to play increasingly challenging music. (trying to keep this brief since I teach a wide variety of instruments and skill levels)
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Students provide their instrument and instrument books.
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I also teach 4 days a week at the best private instruction facilities in the valley.