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Music Educator

Jordan High School, Long Beach, California

About Me

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My Education

I received my bachelor's degree in music performance from UCLA in 2008, and earned my music teaching credential from CSULB in 2019. 

I student taught at Long Beach Poly High and Rogers Middle Schools, working with four orchestras, two jazz bands, and one concert band.

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My Professional Experience

I have had the good fortune to travel and perform in 46 countries with hip-hop legends Nas and Lauryn Hill, the broadway magic show The Illusionists, and Man in the Mirror, a Michael Jackson tribute show, at notable venues such as the Sydney Opera House, London’s 02 Arena, and Radio City Music Hall.

A complete list of my work can be found here.

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My Teaching Philosophy

 In my opinion, the ultimate experience for a creative individual is to be completely and utterly in the moment, free of doubt or reservation. As someone who has felt such a state of transcendence through music, my goal as an educator is to illuminate and guide this experience to future generations. Thus, my teaching philosophy is to empower my students to achieve creative fulfillment, to service their identity, and to be able to collaborate flexibly in the extensive scope of music throughout their lifetime. Full statement/video here.

Résumé

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As an educator

Sample Teaching Video

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Video clip of me teaching the concept of

 Counter-melody to the Rogers Middle School Advanced Orchestra

Sample Lesson Plan

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Lesson plan designed to teach advancing high school jazz musicians about improvising with clarity, using Stan Getz's solo on the 1956 Verve recording of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Girl From Ipanema

Sample Assessments

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Assessment for a rhythmic composition exercise with Rogers Middle School's Advanced band, displaying understanding of syncopation and rhythmic-articulation equivalents.

Additional Sample Materials

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Sample lesson plans, unit plans, mind maps, etc. for education purposes.

My Passion Project, SENSUS

In 2008, I founded a culinary concert series, SENSUS, that focuses on presenting food and music together. We curate unique experiences during the summer months in Long Beach, CA. Click to find out more on our website!

Check out Sensus

Contact Me

terrelltom@gmail.com

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