Eastern Michigan University (Music Education)
Bowling Green State University (Graduate Coursework)
Michigan State University (PhD)
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I have taught in the K-12 system for three years, both full-time, and on a substitute basis, as well as a university professor. Give me a call if you'd like to discuss how I can help you with what you're struggling with. Hello, prospective students, and thank you for looking at my profile. I hope to be able to help you with whatever you're currently struggling with, whether you're looking to tighten up your writing for a college application, struggling in high school government, seeking to gain an upper hand as a prospective college music major, a current music
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I am a confirmed Catholic who has served as a Catechist, attended two Catholic schools, and am currently working to obtain RCIA certification. I have been active in bible study groups and am always working to deepen my personal faith as well as my intellectual understanding of Divine Revelation.
I am an amateur chess player (unranked, non-competitive) who maintains an avid interest in the game qua game and as metaphor for life.
As a professional musician, I view musical composition as the "conditio sine qua non" of musicianship. That is, I understand musical composition to be the means through which we best understand the harmonic, contrapuntal, and formal aspects of music. In all of my musicianship classes, composition is an integral aspect.
I have taught basic musicianship for ten years and am available to give lessons in aural training, sight singing, dictation and conducting.
I am a thoroughly competent teacher in all aspects of music, including theory (harmony, counterpoint, thoroughbass), history, and conducting (both choral and instrumental). I teach lessons on all brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, horn) as well as beginning keyboard.
During my master's and doctoral coursework, I completed the equivalent of an academic major in music history/musicology although I opted, in the end, for the theory degree and completed a dissertation in that area. My teaching is strongly influenced by music-historical as well as theoretical concerns.
I studied comparative religions at Eastern Michigan University under Professor Phillip Schmitz and, additionally, have continued informal study through reading the sacred texts and commentaries on the texts. The sacred texts of all religious traditions are of great interest to me in living an upright and moral life.
I have been a trumpet player for many years, beginning to teach privately while a sophomore in high school. I currently maintain a light performance schedule, and am available to teach that instrument. I performed junior and senior recitals at Eastern Michigan University, having studied under Carter Eggers, as a music education major before moving on to graduate school.