Coached Early Jazz Ensemble for 2 years at Central Washington University - group performed at several West Coast jazz festivals 1 year conducting Vocal Jazz at CWU 6 years as musical director for CWU Drama Dept. 7 years teaching Instrumental, Vocal and General Music, 4-12 in addition to Geography, History and Civics (Government) Works for Jazz Ensemble published by Kjos Music Musicologist for the website JazzStandards.com Composer of over thirty major works for band, orchestra (including incidental music for theatrical productions and one stage musical) Audio samples available at http://www.bardiccircle.com
Music: I lead by example. I will not ask anyone to do that which I am unwilling or unable to do (i.e., scale/arpeggio etudes). Unlike many academic subjects, music is not usually required, so the assumption is that a student is already motivated. In my selection of material, I will choose that requires students to moderately stretch their abilities, but not so difficult that they become discouraged and lose interest. Students are also given a say in the material that is programmed, allowing them more "ownership." Advanced students seeking greater challenges have the opportunity to form small ensembles, for which they choose their own pieces under advisement. Social Studies: Every attempt is made to relate the material to their own lives. History is not famous names and important dates, it is a series of causes and effects. This is what we try to analyze together. Regarding assessment, I am less interested in what facts students are able to memorize than I am in their ability to find useful, pertinent, accurate information, and draw logical conclusions. For that reason, my exams are typically "open book/note," but require several sources and successful defense of conclusions drawn.
Awards: Composition Award, CWU, 1995 Election to Phi Kappa Lamba Honor Society, 1996 CWU Early Jazz Ensemble Featured at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, 1996 Conductor at the 2000 Lower Valley Beginning Band Festival in Toppenish, Washington Shining Moments: Beginning Band students who considered me their "favorite teacher" Numerous classes in which I was a substitute in which I either received an (unsolicited) nice note from students thanking me for being there, or one (or more) students making a statement similar to "Gee, I wish YOU were our teacher..."
Bachelor of Music, CWU 1994 Master of Music, CWU 1996
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