Damien G. offers Clarinet Lessons, Piano Lessons, Saxophone Lessons, and...

Tutor in Lewisville, TX 75067

Lewisville, TX 75067

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Subjects: Clarinet, Piano, Saxophone, Violin

Damien G. received his Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Loyola University New Orleans, his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and is currently working on his DMA at the University of North Texas. As an undergrad at Loyola University, Damien toured as a clarinet soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Vienna. He has been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony , under Eugene Corporan, and the UNT Orchestra, led by Anshel Brusilow. More recently, he has performed at two UNT concerto concerts as a soloist with the UNT chamber orchestra. Damien also has performed with the Contemporary Theater of Dallas along with other freelance activities in the DFW area. His teachers include: Mr. A. Crisanti,Dr. James Gillespie, Dr. John Scott, Steve Cohen, Daryl Coad, and John Reeks.

  • Lesson Details *
    I am mostly laid back, however, I do demand excellence and great tonal projection. For clarinet, I really like Klose’s method, however, I use a lot of Rose Etudes, Voxman, etc. Sightreading is a focus in clarinet lessons as well as ear training and theoretical concepts such as building tetrachords, identifying major or minor intervals, familiarity with major and all forms of the minor scale as well. Special attention is given to hand position as well as noticing and achieving tonal excellence. For violin, special emphasis is placed upon proper bowing technique, left hand position, and ear training to improve intonation. Scales and arpeggios would be the building blocks to flawless technique. Method book that I prefer would include the Suzuki and Flesch methods. In all instruments that I teach, I also utilize You Tube videos to enhance the learning process.
  • Travel Equipment *
    I expect all students to have a stand and a metronome/tuner. With piano students I have a variety of educational games that make learning fun and easier. I usually travel with a whiteboard and manuscript paper in order to test music writing ability.
  • Specialties *
    I teach mainly in the classical genre….for Violin I like the Suzuki method, though I can teach through any method. I am aware of the freedom of jazz improvisation as well.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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EDUCATION

Date: August 15, 1996 – May 15, 2000
School: University of North Texas
Degree: Master of Music, Clarinet Performance
Description: Clarinet Performance, Conducting

Date: August 15, 1996 – May 15, 2000
School: University of North Texas
Degree: Master’s in Music Performance
Description: Presently working on my DMA from the University of North Texas…coursework complete, dissertation in progress

AFFILIATIONS

Date: March 15, 2012
Name: Texas Music Educators Association
Description: Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

Date: January 15, 2015
Name: Kappa Kappa Psi
Description: Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

EXPERIENCE

Date: September 15, 2007 – June 15, 2017
Organization: Allen Philharmonic
Title: Principal Clarinet
Description: Performed as Principal clarinet and as soloist in the Allen TX Philharmonic Orchestra

CERTIFICATES

Date: May 15, 2000
Authority: UNT
Name: Masters in Music Performance
Description: Diploma granted by the University of North Texas

AWARDS

Date: May 15, 2000
Authority: UNT
Name: Winner-Concerto Competition
Description: Performed with UNT’s top orchestra as a soloist on two occasions.

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