Mercedes Maglio

Mercedes M.

Saint Charles, IL
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About Mercedes M.

I am a current Music Education major 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 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 currently study under prestigious trumpet professors Ronald Romm and Charles Daval. I graduated in the top 1% of my high school class. I have been tutoring trumpet for 5 years, and have been playing for 10. I have taught between the ages of 9 and 17, and have experience teaching beginning trumpet up to 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!

Before that, I attended West Aurora High School in Aurora, IL as the principal trumpet player in the concert and jazz setting, and was a trumpet section leader and drum major of the 300+ member marching band.
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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Miles
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Great lesson after technical difficulties.

Posted Oct 5, 2019
Isabella P.

Fun lesson thank you!

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Ryan
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1.was on time
2. taught me a few things I did not know
3. Was friendly and motivating
(FIRST LESSON)

Posted Sep 30, 2019
Sunni B.
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Last year our 10-year old daughter started playing the trumpet in Beginning Band. Over half-way through the year she missed a lot of school due to illness, got behind and was forced to drop-out of band. Over the summer we started online trumpet lessons with Mercedes to help our daughter catch up with her peers. We feel so fortunate to have found Mercedes! She is an EXCELLENT teacher. She is enthusiastic about music/playing trumpet, creative in all the ways she helps our daughter improve, positive and patient (SO important when teaching beginners) and she truly is amazing at keeping our daughter engaged during every lesson. During each 30 minute lesson, our daughter makes noticeable progress! Plus Mercedes keeps the lessons fun so our daughter happily participates. Thanks to the progress she has made with Mercedes, she is feeling confident enough to return to Second Year Band later this month. We plan to keep up the lessons with Mercedes and look forward to her ongoing support and guidance during our daughter's important beginning-to-intermediate instrument learning stage.

Posted Sep 9, 2018
Saranda
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I've taken lessens with Mercedes for two years. Every time I left a lessen I had a lot of good ideas and ways to strengthen my playing. I never felt like lessens with Mercedes were a teacher to student environment. It was very chill and more like friend helping friend. That to me is the best relationship to truly learn. Mercedes helped me learn a sense of confidence that is not only used in Trumpet but in life.

Posted Jun 27, 2018

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Experience

Illinois Bands
Aug 2018 - Present

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Performing in the band/orchestra setting on trumpet, along with numerous other instruments.

SWC Drum Major Internship
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.

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.

Education

Music Education
Jun 2018 - Present

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

High School
Aug 2014 - May 2018

West Aurora High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

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.

Awards

President's Award Honors Scholarship
Aug 2018

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence
May 2018

United States Marine Youth Foundation

John Phillip Sousa Band Award
May 2018

West Aurora High School Bands

FAA Talented Musician Scholarship
Mar 2018

College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois

Affiliations

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.
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 Band Association
Aug 2018
The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which one works. The membership roster includes men and women from every facet of the band world. NBA is today’s professional organization for band directors, and it stands ready to serve all members of the association through a variety of projects and initiatives.
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 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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