Summer in the Studio

Students and Student Families! Summer is nearly here, and it’s time to consider your schedule for summer lessons in my studio. Remember that musical learning is something that can carry on all year- and will better prepare you for a successful fall in your band program. Over the summer we can look at new music that interests you, prepare auditions for college or high school wind ensemble, look at new techniques and styles, and just generally have fun making music on our instruments!

My studio schedule is posted here, as always.

Additionally, I have a few extra opportunities for summer study through West Bank School of Music:

Beginner Brass Camp

Is your child starting a brass instrument at school in the fall and want a head start? Get them ready for fall band through sessions that will introduce them to their instruments, show them how to make a good sound and read music, foster proper technique, and get them going with playing songs!

Prerequisites: Elementary

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Elementary trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Trumpets/Horns: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 3:15pm – 4:00pm; Low Brass: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions, 2x/week

Balanced Brass Performance

Learn a natural approach to playing a brass instrument through healthy, holistic methods. Session 1 – “Sound”: How air makes all the difference. Session 2 – “Music”: Brass playing is as easy as singing. Session 3 – “Focus”: Practice techniques that create solid foundations for learning.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Intermediate to Advanced trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Saturdays, 7/30 – 8/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Sessions: 3 sessions

Girls Rock! 

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you’ve always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We’ll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th – 12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/20-6/24 and 8/29 – 9/2, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD


2015 Upcoming extracurricular opportunities

Students, teachers, friends:

There’s a life outside of school band! I strongly encourage all my students, regardless of ability or level, to find additional opportunities to perform and practice their craft. This might be playing duets with friends, or putting together a chamber group. There are also several groups around the Cities that put together talented young musicians to create art.

For students interested in orchestra performance, I recommend looking into either Minnesota Youth Symphonies or the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony.

MYS Auditions for low brass are Saturday, June 13th.

GTCYS Auditions for low brass are May 30th, 31st, and June 6th.

For the trombone student who wants to dive deeper into the intricacies of the instrument, I highly recommend the Shell Lake Arts Center Trombone Workshop. My friends and colleagues John Tranter and Phil Ostrander run this week long retreat in Shell Lake, WI. There is a possibility I may stop by as a guest artist!

In addition to the Trombone Workshop Shell Lake offers a whole summer of wind bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles! I highly recommend you take a look at their offerings.

For those who want to ROCK OUT this summer, West Bank School of Music runs three weeks of youth rock camps. I will have more information about this soon, including exact dates.  You do not need to know how to play a rock band instrument; we will teach you! And we’ll have plenty of opportunities for brass players to shine.

If you’re interested in chamber music, I can put you together with other interested students! I currently have three students in a trombone trio, and I can connect with other teachers to create brass quintets, quartets, choirs, you name it!