Brass + woodwind Lessons

"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."
-Miles Davis


college scholarships

Brass and woodwind instruments are commonly found in orchestras and school marching bands. Students often receive college scholarships for playing brass and woodwind instruments in their marching band. Playing and perfecting a brass or woodwind instruments gives the student an opportunity to play music collaboratively as one member amongst a larger team of musicians.

aligned with local schools

Playing an instrument in school band not only builds character, self-esteem, and social skills, but also can improve test scores. According to a study published in the Journal of Education Psychology, “High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science, and English exams than their non-musical peers.” At Spicer’s Music, we teach all brass and woodwind instruments. We work closely with local educators to ensure that our teaching methods align with school music programs.

multiple methods of teaching

We use a number of teaching methods and books to teach technique, theory, ear-training, and sight reading. Our brass and woodwind students range from absolute beginners, to students looking to hone their skills in preparation for concerts, competitions, and college try outs. At Spicer’s Music we also teach a number of adults desiring to begin a new musical journey, or simply pick up where they left off previously.

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meet your instructor!

Alec Lee

Brass/Woodwind

about

Alec started his musical career in 2006 where he first picked up the trombone in his middle school instrument try-out night. He then headed to the University of Montevallo to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education. Wanting to follow in his father’s musical footsteps, Alec eagerly awaited for band ... class to start so he could begin playing music. Since then, Alec has performed in the 2013 Honor Band of America and has earned the John Philip Sousa award for musical excellence.

Alec played in multiple university ensembles, earned the principal player position in the Montevallo wind ensemble, and was the lead trombone in the university jazz band. Alec was a part of the low brass choir, was a founding member of the first university percussion ensemble, founding member and president of Montevallo’s Music Teachers National Association collegiate chapter, and played professionally in many different settings from opera performances to theater productions.

In tandem with his love of performing, Alec has a deep passion for teaching students to find their passion in music. Alec has been teaching students ever since his freshman year in college. Alec teaches students from all age ranges and backgrounds in both classical and jazz styles.
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Beth Polston

Piano/Keyboard/Ukulele/Violin/Brass/Woodwind

about

Beth recently moved to Auburn from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She taught elementary music in public schools for ten years, including four years teaching middle school band. Beth earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an instrumental emphasis from Oklahoma Baptist University. Beth is certified in the ... Kodály Methodology Levels 1, 2, and 3 and is certified in the Orff Methodology Level 1. She enjoys sharing her passion and appreciation for music with each student. Beth has served in numerous roles in the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, including Region Chair and State Chair for Circle the State with Song and Assistant Chair for All-State Children's Choir.

Her hobbies include cooking, indoor rock climbing, and listening to podcasts.
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