Prior to your first lesson...

Even before we meet, there are a couple of things you can do to enhance our first lesson experience.  We may be acquainted on some level, and in a general sense, but of course that's the tip of the iceberg. I look forward to getting to know you, and more importantly, how I can help you get where you’d like to go.  The list below gives you, the new student-to-me, suggestions to get a head start on our lessons.

Students who have studied in my studio are witness to my own philosophy of playing; how I conduct my own preparation for performance, and how I approach problems and solve them. Most have had success far beyond their wildest imaginations. They are regularly placed in Auditions at all levels, from Junior and Senior District Music Festivals, to All-State and All-Eastern Music Festivals.  Lessons preparing for orchestra placement auditions have regularly placed students in sections in each of Boston’s best young orchestras.  Further audition preparation lessons may include college auditions, as well as professional orchestral auditions. 

Whether students are coming from advanced formal musical training, or are students who are just wondering what’s out there in the world of music, I try to guide them toward the many musical opportunities that will suit them. And being located in the Boston and greater New England area, there are many orchestras and bands available for young and old. For those students interested in making the important step of private instruction to more fully realize their potential, here are some things you can do to set yourself up for "hitting the ground running" when you take your first lesson:  

- Download my warm-up Nutrients, and Lesson Agenda.  Procure the music mentioned          in this website, especially those pieces ability-appropriate for you.

- Get a metronome, tuner, b.e.r.p. (look it up online…), pencil, and music stand.  

- Be sure your instrument is cleaned and well-maintained (slides/valves function       smoothly and quietly).  

- Please be on-time and warmed-up upon arrival so that we can dig right in!

- While I have certain ideas about how to go about making the most of your physical and musical abilities, you are the most important element in the process. You become you own best teacher, and having a great attitude can help you take advantage of my extensive experience following our collaboration! 

- I hope to be inspiring, and your attitude and energy will complete the successful package.  

- Come loaded with questions and prepared with music to play as I get to know you and your music-making.

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