I offer lessons in Music Theory, Solfege, Conducting and French horn. All of my teaching is based on three basic principles: a thorough knowledge of fundamentals, efficient technique and the development of critical self-reflection skills.
Solfege: I teach “Fixed-Do” solfege in the French tradition. Text used include: drills that I provide, The Essential Elements of Music by Narcis Bonet, Bach Chorales in four clefs and, for advanced students, text by Noel-Gallon. Lessons can be taught in person (in Kansas City) or over Skype.
Music Theory : While lessons are tailored to individual needs they typically involve: keyboard harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and analysis of masterworks. The aim of all of these is to develop the ear and analytical mind and to enhance the connection between the two. I have had the great fortune to study with several of Nadia Boulanger’s students and “grand-students” and my methods are based on this lineage. Text used include: Basses et chants donnés (Given Basses and Melodies) Vol. 1 by Paul Vidal, Counterpoint in Composition by Salzer and Schachter, The Well Tempered Clavier (both volumes) by J.S. Bach, and other works from the standard repertoire. Lessons can be taught in person (in Kansas City) or over Skype.
Conducting: The study of conducting encompasses many disciplines. Topics covered included (but are not limited to): score study, baton technique, rehearsal technique, arts administration and programing. For novice students studies will begin with Bach chorales in four clefs and Beethoven’s First Symphony. Lessons can be taught in person (in Kansas City) or over Skype.
French horn: Fundamental technique and critical self-reflection skills form the backbone of my French horn teaching. I do not teach one simply to play individual pieces but rather the techniques to play any piece. I seek to give all students tools and ideas for continual self improvement. Lesson materials typically include studies by O. Franz and Kopprasch, Bach’s Cello Suites arranged for solo horn, and the standard solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. (Horn lessons are in person, Kansas City, only.)
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