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Donald M.

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San Jose State University
Music
San Jose State University
Graduate Coursework
Kaplan University
Master's

Education

San Jose State University (Music)

San Jose State University (Graduate Coursework)

Kaplan University (Master's)

About Donald

To My Prospective Students:

I am selecting music tutoring because I have been involved in music since the age of 10 and can think of nothing that makes me happier. My principal instrument is the Trumpet, however I can play all the brass instruments and also play percussion instruments.

I have 16 years of teaching experience in total, 5 years in Idaho and 11 years in California. I have taught bands from large to small and young to high school. The bands I directed either improved drastically, achieved near superior ratings or superior ratings. I have also taught choirs but prefer to teach within my highest level of expertise. I have also had numerous students involved in solo/ensemble and a number earn superior ratings, with some moving to the state level. I have not simply done "band" but have taught privately in college, with most students moving 1-3 grade levels beyond expectation.

I am quick to see humor in most situations. However while I have this trait, I also hold high expectations concerning students' practice and attitude about taking private lessons. It really is a 50/50 proposition. You the student must work your craft, while as your teacher I show you how and at great times, simply get out of the way.
To My Prospective Students:

I am selecting music tutoring because I have been involved in music since the age of 10 and can think of nothing that makes me happier. My principal instrument is the Trumpet, however I can play all the brass instruments and also play percussion instruments.

I have 16 years of teaching experience
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Caldwell, ID 83607
In-person lessons

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Drums

As a music education major at San Jose State University, I took the percussion fundamentals class under the direction of Anthony Cirone, who at that time was the principal percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony and has authored a number of method books for percussion. I also have been tutored by Paul Brosche (USC Drum line Instructor/studio musician 15 years), Tom Float, Curt Moore, and Jon Barr, all of whom are well known for their contributions to professional drum set playing and/or marching percussion.
I studied Trumpet with Chris Bogios (SF Philharmonic), Dwight Cannon (Chicago Philharmonic/Freddy Martin) and Roger Muzzy (University of Indiana). I have also taken brass methods under Mr. Muzzy. I have taught class guitar (beginning-advanced) for 5 years.

General Music

I have taken all of the standard music theory block courses, in addition to a year of Music History and a semester of Correlation of the Arts.
In addition, I have taken jazz arranging, marching band arranging and orchestration courses and early childhood music education in addition to my performance courses.
In teaching General Music most states' curriculum ask that students be able to understand not only different musical styles by ear but also what socio-political events shaped the emergence of the different styles. In my approach to General Music there is a large amount of listening involved to accomplish this. In addition in the classroom, I have used recorders to teach pitch & rhythm, which does away with the standard approach of lecturing. While I do use a standard textbook, I have found that many are not organized sequentially, which only adds to a student's frustration.

Guitar

I have taught class guitar in public school for 4 years. I have always stressed music reading fundamentals, music theory fundamentals and the fundamentals of the guitar itself. Students leaving my classes are prepared to play songs completely and have an understanding of how harmony is used in music.

Music Theory

I have taken all required music education and music theory block classes at San Jose State University, which included music theory, musicianship, and keyboard harmony.

In addition, I took jazz arranging under the professor of jazz studies, Dwight Cannon, who played lead trumpet with the Freddy Martin band. Jazz arranging explores both traditional jazz arrangement and non-traditional, including harmonic structures. I also took marching band arrangement, studying the harmonic relationships and arrangement techniques in marching band compared to traditional concert bands.

Trombone

As a brass specialist, trumpet player, and music education major, I was required to take brass fundamentals at San Jose State University.

Being a brass person I quickly learned the fundamentals in all the other brass in instruments, including trombone, euphonium, french horn, and tuba.

I am capable of teaching beginning to intermediate students in trombone, euphonium, french horn, and tuba.

Trumpet

My playing experience includes playing principal and co-principal trumpet with the San Jose State University Concert Band, lead trumpet with the San Jose State Big Band and 1st trumpet with the San Jose State Marching Band.

While in college, I played professionally in various chamber orchestras and the west coast premier of "New Land, New Covenant" by Howard Hanson.

I have 16 years of music education experience, instructing all levels of bands.

San Jose State University
Music
San Jose State University
Graduate Coursework
Kaplan University
Master's

Education

San Jose State University (Music)

San Jose State University (Graduate Coursework)

Kaplan University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Donald will travel within 30 miles of Caldwell, ID 83607.