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Garrett Graves
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Westminster, CO
Speaks: English
Instructs: Baritone, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Education: University of Southern Mississippi, BME; University of Colorado Boulder, MME--In Progress
Performance Experience: Mississippi Wind Symphony, USM Symphonic Winds, USM Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, Friends in Low Places Brass Quartet,
Teaching Experience: Seminary High School, Director of Bands, 2018-2019 Warren Central High School, Assistant Director of Bands, 2019--2021 Graduate Teaching Assistant, CU Boulder, 2021--present
Teaching Philosophy: Music is often made to be something that it is not. Ultimately it exists in all worlds--classical, jazz, and pop--for entertainment. It's nearly impossible for a performer that doesn't love performing music to create exciting, engaging, and entertaining sounds. I say all of this to say that students typically must love their instruments and must love performing to be successful. Great music teachers inspire this passion and love for music-making.

Get to know Garrett

As a lifelong learner and student of music, Garrett began private study at the age of 11. While the bulk of his expertise is in brass instruments, his musicianship and teaching has been widely informed by other instruments including guitar, piano, ukulele, and clarinet. He completed a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder as a Master’s student in Music. Garrett has been teaching public school for three years and specializes in starting beginner brass students. His students have gone on to earn positions in the Mississippi All-State band and university bands throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.

As a brass performer, Garrett has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Mississippi Wind Symphony, USM Symphonic Winds, Friends in Low Places Brass Quartet, and others. His education has included both classical and improvisational styles of performance; he believes that creativity and having opinions about music are key components of successful music making.

“Regardless of what your goal is, we will find a pathway for you to achieve it while growing as a musician and student. Music is first and foremost for entertainment, so enjoying both the process and the performance are a huge part of achieving high levels of musicianship; loving the music that you make is the first step for others to love it.”

Garrett teaches at:
7350 West 88th Ave Suite B
Westminster, CO 80021
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