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Dr. Jeremy S. Brown

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2008/02/11 - 3:32pm.

Teaching Awards

Great teachers involve their students meaningfully in the course. How do you engage your students?

I teach music in a variety of settings: one-on-one, in bands of seventy, and in quartets, and at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The common threads in all these situations are mutual respect between musicians, love of the music or at least respect for it, and lots of hard work. As a saxophone teacher I perform with students and demonstrate concepts in saxophone playing. As a conductor I sing, encourage, critique and ask for certain musical attributes. It is a way of interacting that demonstrates genuine enjoyment of the music in the moment. I also more and more allow students to select music that inspires them so that I can help them discover the music through their own energy, rather convincing them with my own conviction. I also try to show respect for students by being excited, engaged and attentive to their needs, personal and academic. I try to find time to talk with them, and to be flexible in scheduling lessons with them. I think I almost always listen to their opinions, especially with regard to musical concepts where there is little absolute--all is about interpretation. Of course, not all relationships are easy either, especially in one-to-one settings. In general, I find that the love and enthusiasm for the music win the day. My students also want to know that I remember their accomplishments and improvement from lesson to lesson. I try to be consistent, specific and truthful in this, not facile or general.