My lessons are geared towards a set of goals that are created between the student's wants and my expectations for them to be successful at what the student wants to achieve. For each student, I use a different set of pedagogical tools designed to get them to the goals they want. The main goal I have for all my students is that their fundamentals on their instrument will be at the level that they can complete their goals with ease. Over their time with me, they will have the skills to coach themselves when they practice and tackle any music they come across. I provide music teaching, performing and arranging services to the community of Lubbock, TX. In 2019, I completed doctorate work at the University of Colorado - Boulder. I completed my bachelor’s degree in music education and performance at Texas Tech University, and my Master’s in trombone performance, and my Performer’s Certificate, at the University of Denver. My extensive resume features a wide variety of concerts, clinics, master-classes, performances, and recording sessions; most notably: the TTU Vernacular Music Center, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Municipal Band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. I have taught all ages of students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and chamber ensembles for 6 years. I was the brass section leader for the world premiere of the full-length theatrical dance show Dancing at the Crossroads and his arrangements have been played by chamber groups throughout northern Colorado. Student Achievements Universities o Former Students accepted at: Colorado State University, Colorado State University – Pueblo, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Iowa, Stanford University o Ensembles performed in by current/former students: Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corp, Littleton Symphony Orchestra, Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, Thornton Community Band Ensembles Positions/Auditions o Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp (2018-2022): 3 Euphoniums (2019 Euph Section Leader, 2020 Horn Sergeant, 2021-2022 Drum Major) o Lakewood Symphony Orchestra (CO): Awarded Principal Trombone 2018 o Littleton Symphony Orchestra (CO): Awarded Principal Trombone 2017 District and State Honor Bands o TMEA Area A HS Qualifiers (2020-2021): 4 Tenor Trombones, 2 Bass Trombone o TMEA Region 16 HS All-Region Honor Band (2020-2021): 2 Tenor Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone o TMEA Region 16 HS All-Region Symphonic Band (2020-2021): 4 Tenor Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone o TMEA Region 16 HS All-Region Concert Band (2021): 2 Tenor Trombone o TMEA Region 16 HS All-Region Jazz Band (2021): 1 Tenor Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone o Lubbock ISD All-City Band (2021): 4 Tenor Trombone, 2 Bass Trombone o Cherry Creek (CO) HS District Honor Band (2016-2018): 1 Trumpet, 6 Tenor Trombones o All-Colorado Honor Band (2017): 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Euphonium o GMEA (Georgia) MS All-State Band (2021): 1 Tenor Trombone o GMEA (Georgia) MS District Band (2020-2021): 2 Tenor Trombone (2 advanced to State Audition) o University of Colorado MS Honor Band (2019): 1 Tenor Trombone, 1 Alternate Tenor Trombone Solo and Ensemble Competitions o Texas UIL Region Solo and Ensemble (2021): Class 1 Superior Division Ratings – 1 Tenor Trombone Solo o OkMEA HS Region Solo and Ensemble (2019): 1 Superior Rating – Class 1 Tenor Trombone Solo Summer Festivals/Workshops o Rafael Mendez Brass Institute (2018): 1 Participant, Tenor Trombone o University of Colorado MS Summer Music Academy (2019-2020): 2 Tenor Trombone o Colorado Honor Band Summer Camp (2019): 1 Principal Trumpet o Colorado Youth Wind Ensemble Composer’s Workshop (2018): 1 Student *** Travel Equipment *** I expect them to provide and music stand and their music. These are both things that they need to have at their home for practice. *** Specialties *** I teach and perform both jazz and classical music. Almost any style that uses a trombone or brass instruments, I have performed in and have a strong foundation in.
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Doctor C. was very good, and I learned a new tip today. I would continue to work with him.
We have been so glad that we tried TakeLessons and found Bill! He has done a great job engaging my 12 year old daughter. He assessed her skill level and got to work. He encourages her and through his lessons she has noticeably improved on the tuba. Also his communication has been excellent and as a busy mom, that is important!
My son thought he was very nice and we noticed an improvement after his first lesson.