Neil Dusseault

Neil D.

Boerne, TX

About Neil D.

Neil teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2005
Last sign in: 6 days ago

Overview

I am a music educator of 12 years: I have taught both middle school band and choir to at-risk youth, as well as elementary music at a private Christian academy. My principal instrument is the saxophone (which I began playing in 1990), and I play many other instruments. As for my formal education: I received the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2005 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA, 2010).

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to create life-long musicians...
I focus on the needs and interests of my students, thereby representing all musical genres and including all cultures.
My lessons are structured into activities that incorporate various aspects of music appreciation:
Music theory, music history, music technology, performance practice, etc. (making such lessons comprehensive)

*** Studio Equipment ***
As a musician of 26 years, I believe it is the "musician that makes the instrument", and not the other way around. That is, I do not believe it is necessary to purchase the 'top' brand for your instrument in order to achieve the desired sound. Frequent practice builds skills and results in the desired tones people wish to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always bring my instrument, metronome, tuner, music stand and stand for my instrument, including lesson materials and supplies.
I expect students to obtain a metronome and to always have their music folder (with ALL music etc.) available for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
All genres, all styles & all cultures! I teach students of all ages--mostly at my home studio, but I also travel to students' homes, churches, and, as an alternative during the Summer only, I am willing to meet with students in the Practice Rooms in the Fine Arts Building at UTSA.

Education

Master of Music Education

Aug 2008 - Dec 2010
University of Texas at San Antonio

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Jul 2003 - May 2005
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Certifications

Texas Standard Teaching Certificate

Aug 2008
Texas State Board of Education

Music: EC-12

New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate

Jan 2006
New Jersey Department of Education

Music: K - 12

Awards

Inductee

May 2005
Kappa Delta Pi

Athenaeum

May 2005
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Affiliations

Texas Music Educators Association

Feb 2009
TMEA

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

National Association for Music Education

Sep 2005
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. 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.

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4 Reviews on Neil D.

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John E. Apr 16, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Neil, so far so great. He is a good teacher and takes pride in his work. He is thorough and seeks to enhance my knowledge.
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Justin O. Feb 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent first lesson and introduction to the saxophone. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Cathy F. Aug 19, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Encouraging 1st lesson. Motivated & excited.
Thanks
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Larizza B. Nov 30, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
The Whole Piano Teacher Package

Excellent teaching skills. On time. Serious. Patient. Intelligent. Friendly. Thank you Neil.
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