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Lessons - Dennis D. Kennedy

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Trombone

(909) 824-3027 or, at Music Mike's (951) 683-7777

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Clarinet and Saxophone: 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students.
Flute and Trombone: 1st and 2nd year students.

    I am a product of the American public school band movement, which was just beginning to flower in the late 1950s.
    I was in band classes in elementary, middle and high school, so it seemed natural to continue in that world when I entered college.
    I was a middle and elementary school band director here in Riverside for 37 years. I enjoy working with the younger students, plus I now have a couple of adult beginners as well. I usually work with the student using his or her elementary school band method, moving to a more instrument-specific method in a couple of months. I emphasize what I call TATTR: tone, articulation, time, technique and reading.

    I am here at Music Mike's Tuesday afternoons 2:00-5:30, with a few empty timeslots just waiting for you! I also have some lesson slots available now from 2:30-5:30 on Mondays.

    Rates: $20.00 per half-hour lesson, rising to $25.00 in January 2015 ; or $100 a month in advance for 4 or 5 lessons, depending on the number of weeks in a month. (For example, March 2015 has 5 Mondays and Tuesdays.) 10% family discount.

1971: University of Redlands; Bachelor of Music Education.
1971-1973: Clarinetist in the 28th Army Band and 240th Army Band.
1973-2010: Riverside Unified School District: Band director at the middle and elementary school levels.
1979: Azusa Pacific University: Master's degree in Teaching.
1982-present: Parade Adjudicator for the SCSBOA.

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1983-2012 Lead alto sax plus features on clarinet and flute in the Milt Rasmussen Orchastra, an Inland Empire-based swing band.
1987-present: Festival Adjudicator for the SCSBOA: solo/ensemble, sight reading and band/orchestra.

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