Teaching

Instruction/Lessons

As a saxophonist, I’ve had and the privilege of teaching private lessons for almost as decade ranging from beginners to college. As well, as a public school instructor in both metropolitan and rural areas, I have had experience both preparing bands for performances and teaching skills. Finally as a musician, I have had the opportunity to clinic and adjudicate various event and auditions for both middle school and high school.

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Platte County High School Band Staff (2019) — Spring Band Concert
Northland Student Jam Session (2019) — JG in the back playing bass!
Kansas City Area Youth Jazz (2019) — Studio Rehearsal at BRC

Resources/Books

As an educator, I enjoy studying how students learn and what skills will help them be successful. I have spent the last ten years developing exercises that are specific and measurable that I have successfully guided students through. Be instrument-specific, jazz improvisation, audition preparation, or middle school skills, I have had much success help students reach the next level in their playing and performance.

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The (Young) Musician’s Guide to Saxophone

In this book, we cover the following:

(intended for private study)

-Saxophone History and Family Tree

-Vibrato and Long Tones

-Major, Minor, and Chromatic Scales

-Contest Pieces and Listening

-Crossing Over from Jazz to Classical

-Gear Recommendations

-Practice Goals and Outlines

-Sites, Resources, and Camps

The (Young) Musician’s Guide to Improvisation

In this book, we cover the following:

(intended for private study)

-Understanding Basic Chords

-Common Chord Notation

-Common Chord Spellings

-Basic Exercises in 12 Keys

-Scale Syllabus and Modes

-Basic Vocabulary System

-Overview of Chord Progressions

-Introduction to Line Writing

The (Young) Musician’s Guide to Jazz Auditions

In this book, we cover the following:

(intended for classroom instruction)

-Scale Syllabus and Modes

-Basic Vocabulary System

-Overview of Chord Progressions

-Introduction to Line Writing

-Explanation of Changes (Micro)

-Analysis of Form (Marco)

The (Young) Musician’s Guide to Brass Technique

In this book, we cover the following:

(intended for classroom instruction)

-Daily Dozen (First Five Notes)

-Long Tones

-Brass Chop Builders

-Brass Lip Slurs

-Chromatic Karate

-Scales and Patterns