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About Frederick Koch

Fred Koch
Frederick Koch
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Springfield, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Education: Private study on clarinet with Dr. Eric Maddox and Norman Baker Private study on flute with Al Howard Private study on saxophone with Andy McGhee Private study in arranging/improvisation with Doug Richards and Dave Burns Attended Berklee College of Music and Virginia Commonwealth University
Performance Experience: Mr. Koch has been active as a professional musician for over 40 years. He has performed in 47 states of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, and Germany.
Teaching Experience: Mr. Koch has taught private lessons for over 30 years in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Teaching Philosophy: As an instructor, I try to help students develop a solid foundation and useful practice habits that will allow them to tackle the musical problems they will encounter as ensemble members and soloists. Encouraging a love of music and music making is another part of my teaching philosophy.

Get to know Frederick Koch

Frederick H. Koch has been active as a professional musician for 40 years. Mr. Koch’s first job, at the age of 16, was with a Dixieland band on the back of a flatbed truck for a local political candidate in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to his private studies on the clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Mr. Koch is an accomplished composer/arranger, whose works have been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and Carnegie Hall, among other venues. Mr. Koch has performed in a wide variety of musical styles from Classical to Rock, R & B, Salsa, World Music,  Jazz, Broadway, and even Polka!

Among his many engagements, Mr. Koch has played with the Great American Music Ensemble, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (directed by Mercer Ellington), the Ojays, Mary Wilson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, as well as European and American touring productions of “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “42nd Street” , “Grease”, and “West Side Story”. Mr. Koch is a veteran of the US Army and studied at the Berklee College of Music and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Along with his performing and writing activities, Mr. Koch has been active as a music instructor for over 30 years, teaching privately, coaching groups, adjudicating and conducting clinics. Mr. Koch believes strongly that his experience in different aspects of the music industry helps make him a better teacher.
Mr. Koch lives in Annandale, VA with his wife, Anne, his son, Louis, and his daughter, Miriam.

Frederick Koch teaches at:
6418 Springfield Plz
Springfield, VA 22150
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