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My Teaching Philosophy (how I went from never playing an alto to pro in 5 years I went from trpt to alto as a junior in college)

1.Practice One thing at a time. Tone, time tech, intonation, theory.
2.Know what “better” means. What am I building today? How do I define a “win”?
3.Slow it down and cut it into small pieces.
4.Play one small thing at a higher level than I ever have before.
5.Listen to and copy great players daily.
6.Have a teacher show me next steps I wasn’t aware of.
7.Have fun all the time. This needs to be a joy to pursue , never another task or job I have to do.
8/ Recognize that I’m not training an instrument. Im stimulating my brain and body to achieve something important to me. Im training ME.

This is what I try to follow after years of giving/taking lessons from some great teachers. k
 

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what I mean from no to pro is putting down the trpt in 1976 and playing profresional corp gigs and lead alto in an award wininng college jazz ensemble by 1978/79. There is so much more I wish I had known in college and frankly it took years and better teachers to get me to that philosophy. But I was focused and got decent in a 4 year span.
 
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