Neil Dusseault

Neil D.

Boerne, TX
Available Locations:
Studio Studio

I am a music educator of 13 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 ***
Everyone needs their own instrument. In my studio, I have to keyboards side-by-side so that the student can both see and hear what I am teaching without ever swapping seats. As for percussion, my practice pad station serves for warm-up rudiments, whereas I have 2 drum-sets facing each other so that again, students can both see & hear what I am doing without needing to spend lesson time switching seats. For all other instruments, I recommend buying new for any brand that is not among the top 3 brands for that instrument...this ensures a working instrument in which to learn from and practice on without necessarily spending top dollar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always bring my instrument, metronome, tuner, music stand and stand for my instrument, including lesson materials and supplies.

*** 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.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Master of Music Education from University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Teaches students 5 and up

Reviews (5)

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Cameron Jan 23, 2017
Flute · In studio

First lesson was great! He's very organized. Good with kids too.

John E. Apr 16, 2016
Flute · In home

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.

Justin O. Feb 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Excellent first lesson and introduction to the saxophone. Looking forward to future lessons.

Cathy F. Aug 19, 2014
Flute · In studio

Encouraging 1st lesson. Motivated & excited.
Thanks

Larizza B. Nov 30, 2013
Piano ·

The Whole Piano Teacher Package

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


Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Please let me know if you ever have any questions about equipment and accessories needed!

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Experience

Private Music Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present

Private Music Studios, LLC

- Provide weekly instruction to students of all ages, skill levels, and learning styles (Including special needs students) for: Piano, Saxophone, Violin, Drums, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone. - Coordinate sectionals, chamber-settings and music theory sessions covering music of all genres. - Master Class clinician - Instrument repair specialist. - Music arranger & publisher. - Annual recitals & parent conferences. - Teacher, Beginner Piano Keyboarding Class for Kids (Age 7-12) and Teens/Adults for Northside ISD continuing education. - Band Director for HOST (Home-schooled Orchestra Of South Texas), serving both Northeast and Southwest locations

Substitute Teacher
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011

Boerne Independent School District

- Substitute teacher for all schools, grade levels, and subjects throughout Boerne ISD. - Specific focus on both music and math teaching endeavors.

Music Director
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011

Pipe Creek Christian School

- Director of music programs, grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade. - Secondary Choir teacher & Percussion ensemble - Elementary music teacher & Recorder ensemble

Middle School Band & Choir Director, Elementary Music Teacher
Aug 2007 - Jun 2008

Sam Houston Gates Academy School (San Antonio ISD)

- Director of Band programs (grades 6-8) - Middle School Choir Director - Music Teacher, grades Pre-K3 through 5th grade - Secretary, Community Leadership Team - Adviser, Tri-M Junior National Honor Society (Modern Music Masters, Division of NAFME: The National Association For Music Education)

Middle School Band Director
Aug 2005 - Jun 2007

Camden's Promise Charter School

- Director of bands, grades 5-8. - Pep Band/Jazz Band (After-school program through 21st Century Grant). - Adviser, Tri-M (Modern Music Masters, Division of NAFME: The National Association For Music Education), Junior National Honor Society.


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
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
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.
Kappa Delta Pi
May 2005
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million! Using a variety of programs, services, and resources, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.

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