All Ages & Levels
My goal as an educator is to provide students with resources to take ownership over their musical development, both during their time in school and continuing into their professional careers. I love to share all my knowledge and information for my students and provide them to appreciate music and the related fine arts.
My philosophy in saxophone studio teaching is to create an environment where students feel empowered to make the best choices, in regards to performing, that will lead to their own growth and development in the most positive manner possible. With guidance from the teacher in numerous areas such as repertoire or fingerings, students will feel more invested in the quality of the subject being studied if they too have an appropriate amount of influence on the material. Ultimately, the instructor plays a role in offering excellent and relevant suggestions by which to allow the students draw conclusions. Additionally, I feel there is a correlation between the influence of the teacher suggestion, and skill of the performer. Younger students who are working on more fundamental concepts should receive more direct influence from the teacher, while those more advanced students can be more responsible for decisions on repertoire, or technique after considering the guidance and opinions of the instructor. This environment thrives when there is mutual respect between teacher and student.
Additionally, it is my belief that saxophone students should receive the most well rounded saxophone education possible. This encompasses studying more than solo repertoire and etudes. Additionally, I advocate for the study of chamber music, saxophone quartet literature, orchestral excerpts, performance on multiple members of the saxophone family, and jazz. When students are exposed to these other mediums of performance, they can develop abilities specific to these settings, increase their knowledge of repertoire, and develop their knowledge of saxophone playing techniques.
Another area I feel strongly about is the notion that the best teachers are the best performers. It is my feeling that music education students who aspire to directing the musical growth of numerous ensembles in the high school or middle school setting, must they themselves, have mastery of the elements of performing on their instrument, so that these skills can be adequately taught to their future students. Although these students are not required to become virtuoso performers to have career success, it is important that the skills they ask of their future students, they too can execute at a high level. This is especially true if these future teachers desire to explore the possibility of modeling on their own instrument for their students.
Also, I believe the use of technology in studio teaching is a tool that must be utilized. This includes the use of professional recordings for reference, drone recordings for tuning purposes, the use of digital recorders so students can hear themselves and make critical decisions regarding their playing, as well as the use of technology to allow students to perform with electronic versions of piano accompanist in preparation for performances. Also, the use of video recording can be helpful to identify areas of concern in physical elements such as embouchure or posture.
My philosophy is to create a vibrant culture of learning where the student feels empowered to both learn and achieve. This is accomplished through the study of all areas of saxophone playing, as well as through the use of technology. It is my desire for all students to become the best saxophonists possible, so that their future career options may be as numerous as possible.