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Neil D.
Boerne, Texas
Learn to read music, stick control techniques, counting beats in any time signature - with comfort!
* Finally, a comprehensive instrumental course for students of all ages and experience levels that includes: - Information on brands, supplies, and guidance with professional organizations - Weekly lessons to develop and improve skills with proper stick control, daily rudiments, dynamics, rhythmic meters…and more! - Music theory (includes music history topics) with emphasis on technology and composition - Maintenance and repair tips - Advanced techniques: Improvising, ornamentation, world music styles, etc. - Chamber music (accompaniment) to prepare for public performances
About Neil D.

I am a music educator of 17 years: I have taught both middle school band and choir to at-risk youth, as well as elementary music at a private Christian academy. My principal instrument is the saxophone (which I began playing in 1990), and I play many other instruments. As for my formal education: I received the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2005 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA, 2010). *** Lesson Details *** My goal is to create life-long musicians... I focus on the needs and interests of my students, thereby representing all musical genres and including all cultures. My lessons are structured into activities that incorporate various aspects of music appreciation: Music theory, music history, music technology, performance practice, etc. (making such lessons comprehensive) *** Studio Equipment *** Everyone needs their own instrument. In my studio, I have to keyboards side-by-side so that the student can both see and hear what I am teaching without ever swapping seats. As for percussion, my practice pad station serves for warm-up rudiments, whereas I have 2 drum-sets facing each other so that again, students can both see & hear what I am doing without needing to spend lesson time switching seats. For all other instruments, I recommend buying new for any brand that is not among the top 3 brands for that instrument...this ensures a working instrument in which to learn from and practice on without necessarily spending top dollar. *** Travel Equipment *** I always bring my instrument, metronome, tuner, music stand and stand for my instrument, including lesson materials and supplies. *** Specialties *** All genres, all styles & all cultures! I teach students of all ages--mostly at my home studio, but I also travel to students' homes, churches, and, as an alternative during the Summer only, I am willing to meet with students in the Practice Rooms in the Fine Arts Building at UTSA.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2005

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Master of Music Education

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Neil D.
Boerne, Texas
Learn to read music, stick control techniques, counting beats in any time signature - with comfort!
* Finally, a comprehensive instrumental course for students of all ages and experience levels that includes: - Information on brands, supplies, and guidance with professional organizations - Weekly lessons to develop and improve skills with proper stick control, daily rudiments, dynamics, rhythmic meters…and more! - Music theory (includes music history topics) with emphasis on technology and composition - Maintenance and repair tips - Advanced techniques: Improvising, ornamentation, world music styles, etc. - Chamber music (accompaniment) to prepare for public performances
About Neil D.

I am a music educator of 17 years: I have taught both middle school band and choir to at-risk youth, as well as elementary music at a private Christian academy. My principal instrument is the saxophone (which I began playing in 1990), and I play many other instruments. As for my formal education: I received the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2005 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA, 2010). *** Lesson Details *** My goal is to create life-long musicians... I focus on the needs and interests of my students, thereby representing all musical genres and including all cultures. My lessons are structured into activities that incorporate various aspects of music appreciation: Music theory, music history, music technology, performance practice, etc. (making such lessons comprehensive) *** Studio Equipment *** Everyone needs their own instrument. In my studio, I have to keyboards side-by-side so that the student can both see and hear what I am teaching without ever swapping seats. As for percussion, my practice pad station serves for warm-up rudiments, whereas I have 2 drum-sets facing each other so that again, students can both see & hear what I am doing without needing to spend lesson time switching seats. For all other instruments, I recommend buying new for any brand that is not among the top 3 brands for that instrument...this ensures a working instrument in which to learn from and practice on without necessarily spending top dollar. *** Travel Equipment *** I always bring my instrument, metronome, tuner, music stand and stand for my instrument, including lesson materials and supplies. *** Specialties *** All genres, all styles & all cultures! I teach students of all ages--mostly at my home studio, but I also travel to students' homes, churches, and, as an alternative during the Summer only, I am willing to meet with students in the Practice Rooms in the Fine Arts Building at UTSA.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2005

Education

Master of Music Education

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Has background check

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$67
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Wow. My kid was all ears. He really knows how to maintain a childs attention and keep the interaction going. Great instructor and his home is lovely.

Posted Jul 21, 2021
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Great first lesson! Neil was very professional and accommodating. It was very obvious that he was passionate about music and eager to pass it on to others. Can’t wait for the next lesson.

Posted Jan 14, 2021
Student's home

Enjoyed working with Neil. Very professional and I felt very comfortable with his teaching methods. Unfortunately I will not be able to continue my lessons with him in home since I am considered high risk for the virus. I will be canceling the remainder of my in-home lessons and picking them up at a later date

Posted Mar 22, 2020
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Private Music Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Private Music Studios, LLC
- Provide weekly instruction to students of all ages, skill levels, and learning styles (Including special needs students) for: Piano, Saxophone, Violin, Drums, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone. - Coordinate sectionals, chamber-settings and music theory sessions covering music of all genres. - Master Class clinician - Instrument repair specialist. - Music arranger & publisher. - Annual recitals & parent conferences. - Teacher, Beginner Piano Keyboarding Class for Kids (Age 7-12) and Teens/Adults for Northside ISD continuing education. - Band Director for HOST (Home-schooled Orchestra Of South Texas), serving both Northeast and Southwest locations
Music Director
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Pipe Creek Christian School
- Director of music programs, grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade. - Secondary Choir teacher & Percussion ensemble - Elementary music teacher & Recorder ensemble
Substitute Teacher
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Boerne Independent School District
- Substitute teacher for all schools, grade levels, and subjects throughout Boerne ISD. - Specific focus on both music and math teaching endeavors.
Middle School Band & Choir Director, Elementary Music Teacher
Aug 2007 - Jun 2008
Sam Houston Gates Academy School (San Antonio ISD)
- Director of Band programs (grades 6-8) - Middle School Choir Director - Music Teacher, grades Pre-K3 through 5th grade - Secretary, Community Leadership Team - Adviser, Tri-M Junior National Honor Society (Modern Music Masters, Division of NAFME: The National Association For Music Education)
Middle School Band Director
Aug 2005 - Jun 2007
Camden's Promise Charter School
- Director of bands, grades 5-8. - Pep Band/Jazz Band (After-school program through 21st Century Grant). - Adviser, Tri-M (Modern Music Masters, Division of NAFME: The National Association For Music Education), Junior National Honor Society.
Master of Music Education
Aug 2008 - Dec 2010
University of Texas at San Antonio
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Jul 2003 - May 2005
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Texas Standard Teaching Certificate
Aug 2008
Texas State Board of Education
Music: EC-12
New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate
Jan 2006
New Jersey Department of Education
Music: K - 12
Athenaeum
May 2005
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Inductee
May 2005
Kappa Delta Pi
Texas Music Educators Association
Feb 2009
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.
National Association for Music Education
Sep 2005
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Kappa Delta Pi
May 2005
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million! Using a variety of programs, services, and resources, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.

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Instructor details
Percussion
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Lost Creek Way
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$34
45 minutes
$50
60 minutes
$67
90 minutes
$92
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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