PRIVATE STUDIO INSTRUCTION
WHY MUSIC? ---MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Music develops the human mind and spirit; it gives us an opportunity to express what we cannot say in any other form. Music is emotion that allows humans, being of the sentient nature, to have an experience beyond the sounds and respond in a way that is unique to them. Encompassing everything from appreciation to performance music has a value that can be an asset to other subjects because of its ability to teach in all three domains of learning: cognitive, psychomotor and affective. In a unique manner, music activates all parts of the brain, therefore supporting its existence as a unique intelligence. By presenting individuals with training in music they not only improve in skill and perception but also develop a greater sense of aesthetic sensitivity. These aspects of music advocacy shape my goals as a musician, which ultimately determine my overall pedagogical approach as a music educator.
"To educate and inspire saxophonists of all ages in a vibrant, supportive musical environment while fostering excellence and the full potential of every student."
The performance standards of each student will vary based on personal development and age level, however all students are expected to play and perform at their own personal best at all times. The personal goals of each student are unique and evolutionary, always providing the student with more opportunity to grow individually as well as contribute to the overall musical experience. These goals are supported through individualized instruction with the teacher, who acts as a musical and personal mentor.
It is the teacher’s goal to maintain a standard of excellence and to assess how each student can achieve this in his or her personalized curriculum. With this in mind, students are held at a higher standard and are therefore always striving to raise the bar. The format of each lesson is unique and individual to each student depending on their age and musical development.
Topics addressed in lessons include, but are not limited to:
Proper Hand Position/Posture
Characteristic Embouchure Formation
Development of Technique/Facilitation Exercises
Awareness of Intonation/Aural Development
Scales, Etudes, Solo/Chamber Music/Ensemble Repertoire
The saxophone was patented in 1846 by Antoine Josef Sax (Adolphe Sax), a Belgian instrument maker who strived to create an instrument that would improve both French military bands and extend the wind section of european orchestras. It was brought to the United States in the early 1900s and soon became an instrument that was widely used in the jazz idiom of American music. Being a highly versatile instrument, it is important for students who study the saxophone to know its numerous historical influences and to use this knowledge to further understand the instrument that they have chosen. My goal as a teacher is to help you use the saxophone as a vehicle for your own musical expression and as a means to develop independent musical artistry.
" If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it."