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Damien G.
Lewisville, Texas
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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.
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It is indeed an honor to teach on this platform! I believe that I bring a wealth of knowledge and performance experience to my private lessons! I received my Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Loyola University New Orleans, Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and am currently working on a DMA at the University of North Texas. As an undergrad at Loyola University I toured as a clarinet soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Vienna. I have been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony , under Eugene Corporan, and the UNT Orchestra, led by Anshel Brusilow. More recently, I performed at two UNT concerto concerts as a soloist with the UNT chamber orchestra. I also have performed with the Contemporary Theater of Dallas along with other freelance activities in the DFW area. My 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.

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Damien G.
Lewisville, Texas
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Learn violin from an international music performer.
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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.
About Damien G.

It is indeed an honor to teach on this platform! I believe that I bring a wealth of knowledge and performance experience to my private lessons! I received my Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Loyola University New Orleans, Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and am currently working on a DMA at the University of North Texas. As an undergrad at Loyola University I toured as a clarinet soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Vienna. I have been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony , under Eugene Corporan, and the UNT Orchestra, led by Anshel Brusilow. More recently, I performed at two UNT concerto concerts as a soloist with the UNT chamber orchestra. I also have performed with the Contemporary Theater of Dallas along with other freelance activities in the DFW area. My 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.

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Damien has taught both our kids in home in the past and more recently online. Damien's teaching is very instructive and thorough while being very patient with the kids. His methods helped build a solid foundation for my 13 year old son to develop his piano skills and has now started the same for my 8 year old daughter. They both enjoy Damien's lessons and I highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning the piano!

Posted May 15, 2022
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I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be able to play the most difficult Debussy and Mozart pieces. Thanks to Damien, I have conquered several of those pieces from these treasures, and I'm not finished yet. Damien has more faith in the student than the student him/herself - I certainly did not think I had the musical chops to reach this level. His method is to poke holes in the songs - covering the beginning, skipping over to the middle, and then more skipping to the end. It's a sly way of building confidence in the student (you got to the end and just have some middle parts to cover!) and tackling head on the intimidation factor. If you want to play on a professional level, Damien is the teacher to get...

Posted May 15, 2022
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Damien is very kind, knowledgeable, and understanding! I'm picking up the saxophone as an adult after a long hiatus and Damien has given me the instruction and encouragement that I needed. He is excellent at breaking down concepts as well as aspects of a piece that I struggle with and helping me learn through them. I have fun every lesson. If Damien is your instructor, you're in good hands.

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Violin
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Teaches Online
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T
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$26
45 minutes
$32
60 minutes
$48
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30