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Tom completed his early education in the Lubbock Independent School District. After graduating valedictorian of his high school class, he attended Texas Tech University on music and track scholarships. In 1983, the summa cum laude graduate received a Bachelor of Music/Performance degree from Tech and later relocated to Austin, Texas where he worked as a substitute teacher at both the primary and secondary levels. In 1989, Tom moved to Dallas, Texas and joined the staff of Tyler Street Christian Academy as band director. In his second year at Tyler Street Christian Academy, Tom was invited to also join the staff of Gospel Lighthouse Christian Academy to start a band program. Tom supervised and directed both music departments until 1992. Over the next 7 years, he served as the principal woodwind instructor at Christ for the Nations Institute and worked as a substitute music teacher in the Carrollton/Farmer's Branch School District. In the fall of 1999, Tom was invited to serve as the band director at American Heritage Academy in Carrollton, Texas. The following year, Tom was appointed Fine Arts Director, and he functioned in that capacity for the next 10 years. Under his leadership, the music department won numerous awards at the district and state levels in band, choir, art and theater. Tom is currently a woodwind instructor at the Lone Star Music Academy in Flower Mound, Texas.
Tom's music workshops and clinics are specifically designed to fit the needs and experience level of the student. His lectures and presentations can be adapted for students ranging from the pre-school level through college. The subject matter of the workshops encompasses a wide range of topics including a review of general music skills, growth and development of the musician, tips to improve technique, jazz improvisation, music industry tips and a "History of Jazz" PowerPoint presentation.
The objectives for the students in the workshop fall into three main areas: growth and development of the musician, a review of general music skills, and the importance of the proper equipment for music production.
In the area of growth and development, the student will learn about the pursuit of the craft of music. The student will see the importance of the history of their particular genre of music and the priority of music education if they are to attain success. The business of music is also an integral portion of this segment. Character issues such as dependability, responsibility and preparedness round out the picture of what a professional musician should be. They will be given insight into the world of the working musician.
General music skills are critical and will be discussed. Tone production, scales, chord recognition and sight-reading are some of the topics to be covered. Practice regimens and method books play a key part and the student will receive practical instruction in these areas. Working on weaknesses will be stressed.
Proper equipment canít be overlooked and is a staple of the workshop. Students will learn what to look for when they are buying instruments, mouthpieces etc. They will also learn the proper care and maintenance of their instrument.
Clear instruction in this workshop will give the student practical information that they can take home and use immediately.
For booking information, contact Michael Brotten, Infinity Artists Group, at 951-216-5064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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