I maintain a studio of 25 students or less based in Woodbridge, Virginia, on location in McLean and Vienna, Virginia, and internationally via Skype. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome, and my students consistently play first chair in band, attend All-County, District, and All-State Band, and rank superior at Solo and Ensemble Festival. Sweedy Studio of Music members have also majored in music education or clarinet performance in college. While only a few of my students pursue careers in music, nearly all maintain their love of music and clarinet playing throughout their lives.
Using techniques from Dalcroze-Eurhythmics, Suzuki, Art of Mentoring and years of training from my own private teachers, I strive to inspire in my students a great love of music, to teach them the necessary skills so that they can express themselves fluently through music, and for them to feel and be successful. I feel very strongly about "success" and how that relates to each individual student. Success to one may be winning an all-state audition, and to another it may be playing the G major scale without a Bb. Each is just as valuable. Starting simply and building upon knowledge from previous lessons, the student grows in an encouraging, organic environment. Lesson curriculum covers clarinet technique, expressive, musical playing, sight-reading, music theory, rhythmic training, music history, and efficient practice techniques. Individual lessons are enhanced throughout the year with group classes, competitions, master classes, and recitals.
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Here are some of the many accomplishments of my students:
All State Band
District Band (Districts 9, 10, 11, 12)
All County Band and Orchestra
Solo and Ensemble Festival (Superior Ratings)
American Youth Philharmonic
McLean Youth Orchestra
Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
George Mason University Honors Band
VCU Festival of Winds and Percussion
Summer Music Festivals
Aria International Summer Academy
Sewanne Summer Music Festival
College and Performing Arts High Schools
New World School of the Arts
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Peabody Conservatory of Music
James Madison University School of Music
George Mason University School of Music