Travis Grimes

United States - Pennsylvania - Lebanon
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Musical improvisation and soloing has 100% to do with Chords and 0% to do with scales.
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Guitar Chord workbook for Jazz band and Band. Students learn to play complex Jazz chords and 8 chord positions to improvise guitar solos.
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Introduction to Opera Music.
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Substitute Teacher Service, Lancaster, PA. September 2007 to present • Cornwall-Lebanon School District • Columbia School District • Lebanon School District • Palmyra Area School District • Elizabethtown Area School District • Lancaster School District • Ephrata Area School District • Eastern County Lebanon School District Harrisburg Area Community College, Lebanon, PA.. August 2006 to May 2007 • Designed and implemented curriculum for Guitar Soloing and Chord Lab. • Designed and implemented Lyric Writing Course. • Designed and implemented American Idol Preparation Class. Grimes Brothers Production, Lebanon, PA. December 2005 to Present • Private Music Teacher for Guitar, Bass, Piano, and traditional band instruments. • Designed and implemented music curriculum content standards while adapting to each child’s learning style.


The Grimes Bros. Mission Statement and Educational Philosophy. Mission Statement The mission of Grimes Bros. is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in any musical environment as a career or for personal pleasure for the enrichment of society. The Grimes Bros. program is rooted in unified curriculum with the belief in developing students to understand the language of music by learning to read standard music notation. Educational Philosophy In the modern era where gimmick methods like tablature are perpetuating music illiteracy, Grimes Bros. believe that in order to understand the language of music, musicians must learn to read standard music notation. The ability to read standard music notation will allow musicians to function in any musical environment in addition to their cognitive understanding of music theory. Music lessons are centered on a unified curriculum that has an educational timeline of musical concepts presented from music method books in addition to supplemental lessons. The method books and supplemental lessons utilized in the music instruction are stylistically centered around Jazz, Classical, and Traditional music, with additional studies in various other forms such as Folk, Country, Christian, and Rock music. Grimes Bros believe that songs should not be taught for the sake of just learning a song, but should be utilized as practical applications to teach musical concepts to the students to further their music education and musical growth.


Awarded Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, June 1990 Composition for violin and piano, nominated and chosen for Departmental Concert at Berklee College of Music


B.M., Berklee College of Music, 2005; Music Education Certification, Immaculata University, 2012; M.A., Immaculata University, 2013


Seminars attended Billy Joel, Richard Marx, Mike Reid, Alan O’Day, Gary Chang. Professors of Music The individuals listed below have achieved national and international acclaim and provided personal mentorship in formal class settings. Jack Perricone- Songwriting: Numerous recording, producing, and songwriting credits for Michael Jackson, Lou Rawls, Angela Bofill, Janet Lawson, Jerry Butler, David Geddes, Pat Pattison- Lyric Writing: Author of Writing Better Lyrics, Managing Lyric Structure, and Rhyming Techniques and Strategies, recipient of over 40 awards in numerous song festivals. Julius P. Williams- Conducting: Music director of Washington D.C Symphony Orchestra, compositions performed by New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas symphony, Detroit Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, and many others. Conducted Celine Dion at the Latin Grammy Awards. David Callahan- Conducting: Music director of the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, conducted studies with Leonard Bernstein, and Sir Colin Davis Richie Hart- Guitar: Member of Lonnie Smith Trio, performed with Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Tal Farlow, Etta James, Grady Tate, and many others. Studied under George Benson. Jon Aldrich- Jingle Writing: composed Jingles for McDonalds, Quaker, and many others. Performances on T.V shows include Touched by an Angel, General Hospital, All My Children, The Jaime Foxx Show, Young and the Restless, and Beverly Hills 90210 Eric Reasoner- Film Scoring: Former supervising music editor, segue music, numerous major motion picture screen credits include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4, Curly Sue, Swing Kids, and Die Hard with a Vengeance

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