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.
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.
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.
Why are you passionate about teaching?
I enjoy getting to connect with students and helping them discover their love of music and motivation to learn new things.
What makes you unique from other teachers?
I have a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Auburn University as well as classroom teaching experience.
How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I try to cater my energy to the student and be what they need in order to have an open line of discourse. Some of my students need upbeat and silly while other need laid back and chill.
What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I often tell people that people that I play saxophone but don’t specify that it’s Baritone Saxophone. It’s fun watching people react to seeing me carry in an instrument nearly as big as myself.
What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy food, especially when I get to try new restaurants. I can also get down with some conspiracy theory documentaries.