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Mercedes M.
Saint Charles, Illinois
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Learn Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Trumpet Skills at Your Pace: For All Experience Levels!
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In the past 4 years, I have tutored dozens of students and worked with different trumpet players in my area. As a music major at the University of Illinois, I seek a way to continue my passion for teaching and seeing students develop into wonderful players. Trained in general music, theory, and skills in teaching, I can truly connect with your student and ensure that they gain knowledge and learn to love playing their horn! The most valuable way a student can learn is if he or she has a positive connection with the teacher. In my case, I ensure that I understand not only the student's strengths and places for improvement, but also the uniqueness of his or her character and what teaching methods the student responds to. Every child is unique in how they learn, and all deserve a positive experience without intimidation and impatience from teachers. Teaching music also goes hand in hand with teaching your student dedication, work ethic, and strong character!
About Mercedes M.

I am a current Music Education student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a minor in Psychology. I earned the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and the Semper Fidelis Marine Corps Musical Excellence Award for leadership, musical talent, and dedication in music. I studied under prestigious trumpet professors Ronald Romm, founder of the Canadian Brass, and Charles Daval, former principal trumpet player of the Boston Pops. I was privately taught for many years under Dr. Rod C. Schueller, a leader in trumpet and music education who formerly taught at Michigan State, Texas State, and Northern Illinois University. I have been tutoring trumpet and general music for over 7 years; I have taught countless musicians between the ages of 9 and 18, have experience teaching beginning trumpet, intermediate, and advanced classical and jazz music at the high school, college, and professional level. Teaching is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had, and doing what I love for the rest of my life is a blessing in itself! I attended West Aurora High School in Aurora, IL as the principal trumpet player in the concert and jazz ensembles, and was a trumpet section leader and drum major of the 312 member marching band. I graduated in the top 1% of my class of 800. As well, I attended and worked at the prestigious Smith Walbridge Drum Major Camp, where I earned my 1st class rank nationally as a leader in teaching music and marching band methods. With my students, I work on creating a positive and comfortable playing environment so that the student feels safe making mistakes and asking questions. The only way to grow as a player is find the confidence to fail. As brass players, we need diligence, patience, and strong work ethic to improve, and a safe place to gain these skills is essential to every student. I want to get to know exactly how the student plays and what their goals are so I can work with them on achieving and exceeding them; success at ANY level is the key to staying motivated and excited to play! Learning how to play an instrument or get better at it goes far beyond simple instruction- it comes from a connection to making music and a joyful willingness to mess up sometimes! That's how we grow.

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Mercedes M.
Saint Charles, Illinois
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Learn Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Trumpet Skills at Your Pace: For All Experience Levels!
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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In the past 4 years, I have tutored dozens of students and worked with different trumpet players in my area. As a music major at the University of Illinois, I seek a way to continue my passion for teaching and seeing students develop into wonderful players. Trained in general music, theory, and skills in teaching, I can truly connect with your student and ensure that they gain knowledge and learn to love playing their horn! The most valuable way a student can learn is if he or she has a positive connection with the teacher. In my case, I ensure that I understand not only the student's strengths and places for improvement, but also the uniqueness of his or her character and what teaching methods the student responds to. Every child is unique in how they learn, and all deserve a positive experience without intimidation and impatience from teachers. Teaching music also goes hand in hand with teaching your student dedication, work ethic, and strong character!
About Mercedes M.

I am a current Music Education student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a minor in Psychology. I earned the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and the Semper Fidelis Marine Corps Musical Excellence Award for leadership, musical talent, and dedication in music. I studied under prestigious trumpet professors Ronald Romm, founder of the Canadian Brass, and Charles Daval, former principal trumpet player of the Boston Pops. I was privately taught for many years under Dr. Rod C. Schueller, a leader in trumpet and music education who formerly taught at Michigan State, Texas State, and Northern Illinois University. I have been tutoring trumpet and general music for over 7 years; I have taught countless musicians between the ages of 9 and 18, have experience teaching beginning trumpet, intermediate, and advanced classical and jazz music at the high school, college, and professional level. Teaching is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had, and doing what I love for the rest of my life is a blessing in itself! I attended West Aurora High School in Aurora, IL as the principal trumpet player in the concert and jazz ensembles, and was a trumpet section leader and drum major of the 312 member marching band. I graduated in the top 1% of my class of 800. As well, I attended and worked at the prestigious Smith Walbridge Drum Major Camp, where I earned my 1st class rank nationally as a leader in teaching music and marching band methods. With my students, I work on creating a positive and comfortable playing environment so that the student feels safe making mistakes and asking questions. The only way to grow as a player is find the confidence to fail. As brass players, we need diligence, patience, and strong work ethic to improve, and a safe place to gain these skills is essential to every student. I want to get to know exactly how the student plays and what their goals are so I can work with them on achieving and exceeding them; success at ANY level is the key to staying motivated and excited to play! Learning how to play an instrument or get better at it goes far beyond simple instruction- it comes from a connection to making music and a joyful willingness to mess up sometimes! That's how we grow.

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My son had never played a musical instrument before his lessons with Mercedes. She has been super patient and encouraging with him as he isn't the most motivated of students. Joseph now has a solid base of the fundamentals and has begun to enjoy to play his trumpet as his skill set has grown.

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Oct 2021 - Present
Waubonsie Valley HS, Washington MS
Selected to work alongside talented and experienced music educators in the Chicagoland area at the middle school and high school level.
Illinois Bands
Aug 2018 - Present
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Performing in the band/orchestra setting on trumpet and euphonium, along with numerous other instruments.
SWC Drum Major Staff
May 2018 - Present
Smith Walbridge Clinics
Taught/assisted high school student in leadership positions at their schools to become confident, positive role models for their organization. Students developed marching, teaching, and musical skills on and off the marching band field.
Trumpet Player
May 2015 - Present
Aurora American Legion Band
Performing in numerous contexts, typically in military style, for summer holidays and outdoor/indoor venues, at parades and concerts. Jobs include playing Taps, marches, and new, innovative music.
Marching Technician
May 2021 - Aug 2021
West Aurora HS
Directed and instructed a historic 9th-12th grade marching band in Aurora IL in marching and music skills. As one of the first high school band programs in the country beginning in 1920, they just celebrated their 101st anniversary.
Trumpet Tech
Aug 2019 - Aug 2019
Wayland School District (MI)
Worked with a trumpet section on fundamentals of musicality, marching, and trumpet playing over the course of a week of marching band camp; the focus was on developing aural skills, increasing range on the instrument, playing with good tone and confidence, and reading/learning music for their show.
Trumpet Instructor
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
West Aurora High School Summer Program
Worked with trumpet sections from the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands, focusing on learning music, developing fundamentals on trumpet playing (good tone, air control, range, articulation, phrasing) in the concert and jazz setting.
Trumpet Tutoring
Oct 2015 - May 2018
West Aurora High School
Tutored 5-6 sessions of trumpet/cornet players per week- individually addressing challenges and goals they want to achieve. Provided assistance with audition preparation, increasing aural skills, playing musically, and enjoying the instrument.
Music Education
Jun 2018
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
High School
Aug 2014 - May 2018
West Aurora High School
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
K-12 Music Education Teaching Certification
Aug 2021
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Bachelor of Music Education- certified to teach K-12 general, technology, band, choral, and orchestral courses.
Drum Major First Class- Corps, Mace, Traditional Style
Jul 2017
Smith Walbridge Clinics
In recognition of excellence in musical leadership, conducting, marching, and advanced proficiency in marching band procedures.
President's Award Honors Scholarship
Aug 2018
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
John Phillip Sousa Band Award
May 2018
West Aurora High School Bands
Semper Fidelis Marine Award for Musical Excellence
May 2018
United States Marine Youth Foundation
FAA Talented Musician Scholarship
Mar 2018
College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 2019
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.
Kappa Kappa Psi
Aug 2018
Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.
National Band Association
Aug 2018
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National Association for Music Education
Aug 2018
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.
National Honors Society
Feb 2017
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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