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Hi! My name is Lynne S. I am a certified to teach All-Level Music. I have both a Bachelor's of Music Education and a Master's in Secondary Education and Music from SHSU. I have been teaching beginning band for 28 years. Currently, I teach in Texas City ISD and as part of the teaching requirements I have been fingerprinted and have had a background check which came back clear.
As part of my music training I started clarinet in 6th grade. I studied with Steve Ruff, and Don Wilkins while in high school. I made District, Region, Area, and All State Band during my high school years. When I went to college I student with Richard Pickar, former Principal Clarinetist with the Houston Symphony, and Randall Griffin, member of the Houston Ballet. He currently teachers at UH-University Park.
I currently teach a 2 beginner clarinet classes and 1 Double Reeds class. During my 28 years in the band classroom I have taught beginners on all band instruments. Since I do play clarinet woodwinds are my specialty. In addition to teaching in the school setting I have taught privately in the following districts - Clear Creek ISD, Texas City ISD, Galveston ISD, Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Huntsville ISD, Humble ISD, Aldine ISD, Tomball ISD and Bryan ISD.
I have use the Rubank Intermediate Method as well as the Rubank Advanced Method. I give hand outs which cater to the individual student's needs. I will assist the student with his/her band music and/or band method book but, I use additional methods. Music theory and scales are addressed as well as basic information including embouchure, producing a characteristic tone quality, carriage, hand position and posture. Lessons are geared to make the student successful in her/her endeavor.
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I have played clarinet for over 40 yrs. My clarinet teachers were Richard Pickar- former Principal Clarinetist with the Houston Symphony, Randall Griffin- current Clarinet Professor at University of Houston. I have taken clarinet lesson since my second year of playing and ending with my Graduate year in college. I participated and made Region Band for 6 yrs, Area Band for three years,and All- State Band for one year. In addition, I have made I's on my solos both at the Region and State levels.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Part of the requirements for obtaining this degree was to take instrumental classes for all woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments as well as, sting instruments. In addition, I have taught beginning and intermediate band for 28 years.
I took Basic Music Theory in high school. In addition, for my Bachelor's Degree I took 4, years of Music Theory. Musicianship, and Music Composition. I have over 140 undergraduate hours in music as requirements for my degree plan.
I have taught band for 28 years. Many of these years I have spent teaching beginner saxophone classes. I have had training on saxophone in my Woodwinds Methods class in college during my undergraduate years. My former students have made Region Band and have been successful at Solo and Ensemble competitions.
As a classroom teacher I have had many students in my classes who were Special Needs. Many of these students learn differently and often times the lesson needs to be broken down into smaller portion so that the student can grasp the concept. The student needs extra time on both the instruction as well as on the classwork he/she is working on. In a classroom setting I try to provide as much one on one to these children. They also need to know that you care. Where ADD and ADHD are concerned it is very important to keep these students engaged in hands on activities. Some of them become bored easily unless using their hands. For the ADHD I try to use deep breathing exercises to calm them down and get them engaged.
Where Anxiety is present, I personally have severe anxiety which is being controlled through medication. I have gone through a TERRAP program which trained me how to control anxiety and, hopefully, prevent panic attacks from occurring. Much of this training is using the deep breathing. The training also involved consciously relaxing all the muscles one at a time. I have ADD as well. I use medication when it is severe. When it is not I work on keeping busy (hands on) and staying focused. The atmosphere for these students needs to be one in which there is no outside stimuli that will distract the student.
Basically, when teaching Special Students pacing needs to be slower, and hands on activities is essential. This helps in both the ADD/ADHD and assists the student in understanding concepts if they are not able to visualize them on their own.
Through 28 years of teaching I have attended many workshops on meeting the modifications of students with special needs. I have had students that were mentally challenged, autistic (or those with Asperger's Syndrom), ADD, ADHD, students with Learning Disabilities and students with Dyslexia.
When I was in primary school I was always an excellent speller. I made A's on all the tests I took. Now days when spelling is not taught many people rely on Spell Check which does not check for the context of the word so the incorrect spelling might be in place.
While in eighth grade I was approached by my English teacher to consider being a part of the Spelling Bee. I think there are tricks to spelling but, I mostly rely on sound and memorization.
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