How to get a head start on success at Hays High School:
Each instrument has special needs, tendencies, and we partner with some of the finest trained professionals in their fields. There is no substitute for taking lessons with an individual who performers or specializes on a specific instrument, and we work to find the best fit for each of our band members.
Many think that “private lessons” or “tutoring” are only needed for kids who are struggling with their instrument … while it is great for “extra help” as it suggests, those students who are excelling on their instruments benefit equally and usually excel to a whole new level of performance.
It is virtually impossible to achieve success in the TMEA All-State Process without coaching from a private lesson instructor .
Even if your band member will not pursue music as a career, taking lessons teaches responsibility, goal setting, and commitment to a craft or process. The art of learning to commit and work towards excellence applies far beyond learning to play an instrument.
How do I know who to take lessons from?
Although there are many instructors in the San Marcos/Austin area, the list below represents a collection of individuals who we have worked with in the past and have proven extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy.
They are masters at their craft, and trusted by our staff to further your band member's love for music and achieve success at TMEA and All State Auditions. If you do not currently study with one of our recommended instructors, we highly encourage you to explore taking a sample lesson with them to see what you think!
We value our approach to teaching music comprehensively in a tailored approach to help each individual student perform their instrument well. The one-to-one time with a musician and music teacher can be a great asset for a student in a school music program. We want our students to excel and consistently aim to inspire students to reach their greatest potential. Thus, we can also be a great role model for students.
Learning music is a process, a long one, however a good one. Students who invest in themselves, and parents who support such an endeavor, really see the fruits of their labor once students start performing and playing great standard and popular repertoire.
Students can perform as soloists, weekly, with their music teacher, and receive feedback instantly on their music playing. Students in school music classes and bands are usually playing only with other student musicians. Private lessons give students a chance to be a soloist and receive individualized attention.
Students can focus on and learn music theory, additional performance techniques, new repertoire, set specific musical goals that compliment and enhance a school instrumental music program. School Band and Orchestral teachers should encourage students and parents to study privately, it only helps students play better, which in turn helps their school program sound better.
Our Recommended Faculty:
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Dr. Francois Minaux
Dr. Joseph Cooper
Trombone & Bass Trombone: