Lesson Feesfrom $30.00 / 30 Minutes
I have been teaching private lessons on all brass instruments for over 10 years. I received my Bachelor's in Music in Music Education from Kent State University, and while studying was the head brass instructor at Woodsy's Music Co. in Kent, OH for 5 years. After graduating, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a trumpet instrumentalist. I played in the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band for four years, with over 300 performances every year including over 100 memorial services as the bugler playing TAPS . After my honorable discharge, I spent 2 years as the Director of Bands for Streetsboro City Schools in Streetsboro, OH - leading all instrumental ensembles from grades 5-12. I left Streetsboro to pursue my Master's in Music in Wind Band Conducting from Kent State University, where I assisted in directing the wind ensemble, concert band, marching band, and basketball pep band. I also had the pleasure of learning from acclaimed conductors Bob Reynolds and Alan McMurray. Since graduating with my MM I have been the Director of Bands at Aurora City School District, teaching grades 6-12 band.
My focus is on positivity in music education. Learning an instrument isn't easy, and musicians spend their lives focusing on things we want to get better at. I focus our lessons on positivity by 1) giving you music and lessons which are challenging enough to keep you engaged but not too challenging (or too easy), 2) setting small and attainable goals, and 3) focusing and reflecting on every accomplishment you make. Everyone begins playing an instrument out of a desire to have fun playing, and I make sure to keep that flame alive. While focusing on high musical literacy and technique, you will also enjoy every minute of practicing and celebrating each accomplishment on your path to mastery.
Licensed K-12 Music Educator (Ohio)
Former professional musician in the United States Marine Corps
4 years of teaching experience as a public school Director of Bands
Bachelor's in Music in Music Education
Master's in Music in Wind Band Conducting
7 years teaching private lessons on all brass instruments
Essential Elements for Band 2000
Arban's Conservatory Method