I have 30 years of successful experience as a certified public school band director in the Chicago area. I have a masters degree in music as well. My bands have received first division and superior ratings throughout the Midwest, and I received a "Key Contributor" award from my school. I use my experience and knowledge to provide a fun, engaging, and rewarding experience for my students!
I absolutely love teaching music and helping people enjoy playing band instruments! Helping my students grow and improve is very meaningful for me, and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the joy and excitement in my students as they learn to play! Each lesson I review goals with my students and together we make sure we are working to accomplish them. Please see my links below:
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I begin by talking a little bit to get to know my student and having them get to know me. Knowing my students' goals and interests is important to me. I then ask them to play a bit for me to get to know their skill level and observe their performance habits. For beginners, I would spend time with assembling the instrument and playing position. The next step would be adding some new materials and practice materials that would be challenging and motivating.
I hold 2 degrees in music, a BS in music education from the University of Illinois, and an MA in music pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University. I have 30 years of successful experience as a public school band director.
I normally charge $30 for a 30 minute lesson, $40 for 45 minutes, and $50 for one hour.