Learning should bring joy. One of my favorite aspects of teaching is helping students experience joy through music. I believe that it is important for students to help select the music they learn to play. Frequently, I ask students to bring in a song that they enjoy, so that we can incorporate it into our lessons.
As a teacher, I focus on helping students develop solid breath technique and clear tone production. I understand that each student has a different learning style, so I adapt lessons to each individual’s needs and interests. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of theory, I regularly utilize etudes and pieces that help students master their learning goals. When helping interested students prepare for All State Band, Honor Band, and other special auditions, I share audition preparation tips to improve their success. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and skill levels. My goal is to enable students to become accomplished and independent musicians so that they can enjoy sharing their talents in a variety of settings.
In addition to teaching private lessons, I enjoy working with clarinet students at various middle schools and high schools throughout the Birmingham area. I frequently lead sectionals to help students improve their tone quality and musical skills. During the summer months, I often have the opportunity to teach beginner students at summer band camps. I enjoy supporting students in their musical journey, whether through private lessons or small group settings. In both experiences, I focus on providing students with new opportunities that will help them to grow as musicians, and assist them in their future endeavors.