"We need to be the best musicians we can be, not teachers who happen to be teaching music, but musicians who specialize in the art of Teaching."
It is my personal goal to help shape all of my students to become the best musicians as possible. This includes:
Tone is the texture of the sound shaping the character, emotion, and style of the music. In technical terms it is the resonance of the sound waves reverberating. Tone is the result of embouchure, air flow, tongue placement, mouthpiece, ligature, and reed. A beautiful tone is essential for any musician to perform meaningful music.
Articulation is the execution of tone. A musician must be capable of using a wide variety of articulations to accommodate the character, emotion, and style of the music.
Technique is the acuity in which the mechanical aspect of performing is executed. It includes finger / hand position, fine motor skill performance, sequencing, and fluidity of motion. Technique is important for an accurate and compelling performance.
Knowledge of music theory and music history are important for interpreting repertoire. A background of music theory will enhance the performer's ability to identify musical ideas, know their role from moment to moment, and develop their own personal schema. Music history establishes a context for the repertoire. The performer understands why the piece was written and can give a performance true to its contextual intention. Music theory and history are very intricate subjects on their own. A fluent understanding of these aspects cannot be acquired through performance lessons alone. However, general concepts will be discussed when appropriate and their ideas will be integrated into lessons.
Scales are, in part, building blocks for musical structure. A competent knowledge and performance ability of scales will develop accurate sight reading, an 'ear' for the tendencies of each scale degree and technique.
Studies, such as etudes and simple exercises like finger patterns, are written to prepare for learning repertoire. They are structured to expose a wide variety of style and techniques seen throughout our curriculum of music.
The mastery of all of the components above are seen through the performance of the repertoire. Appropriate music will be chosen based on skill set and intention of the performance. This aspect is often the most rewarding part of studying music.
All aspect of performance skills will be established with a sense of professionalism. This ranges from what to wear at a college audition, working with other musicians in preparation of a performance, to over coming / coping with stage fright.
An important part of being a musician is being accountable. This involves more than our cultural definition of 'accepting blame'. It is a sense of personal responsibility for driving your own success through your actions.
Achieving Meaningful Goals
One of my most important goals is to guide my students to reach their own musical goals that fit their own path in music. I encourage students to audition for All-District, All-State, and various honor bands; along with their participation in events like Solo and Ensemble Festival and youth symphonies. This also includes the college audition process and recitals. I'm here to provide the tools of success in whichever path they choose.