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      About Jt Kender

      Jt Kender
      Jt Kender
      Music Teacher, Professional
      Location: Patchogue, NY
      Speaks: English
      Instructs: Trombone
      Education: JT holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of Hartford. Currently, they are a candidate for a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance at Stony Brook University.
      Performance Experience: As a performer, JT has served as a trombonist in groups that perform varied genres of music including early music, jazz, classical, contemporary music, as well as in pit orchestras, chamber music, brass bands, orchestras, and wind ensembles. They are a current member of the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and Stony Brook Jazz Orchestra. Their success in these varied genres is heavily seen throughout their teaching, guiding students to accurate, passionate, and creative performances.
      Teaching Experience: JT has taught instrumentalists ranging from 4th grade to Seniors in College. JT has taught 4th-8th grade band and orchestra lessons and full ensembles during their undergraduate career. They are familiar with teaching group and private instrumental lessons. Additionally, JT teaches music theory for non-music students at Stony Brook University.
      Teaching Philosophy: The idea of "comprehensive musicianship" is one that is a priority in each lesson with a student as we expand past the written music. I believe it is important for students to understand the history, theory, and cultural aspects within a piece of music to have a meaningful music performance. This wholistic approach allows for a well-rounded student, giving them the skills they need to become a thoughtful musician.

      Get to know Jt Kender

      JT Kender (they/them) is an enthusiastic trombonist and music educator in the greater New York area. JT specializes in all levels of brass teaching (trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, baritone), beginning piano, clarinet, and saxophone, and all levels of music technology and music theory. 

      As a dedicated educator, JT has served as a mentor for students of varied ages and experience levels. As JT worked with 4th-8th grade band and orchestra students during their undergraduate degree, your student is ensured to have quality guidance and assistance with all aspects of music they are studying. JT has experience with assisting students prepare for auditions, both for college auditions or for local state or county groups. JT hopes to create meaningful musical experiences for each student, as well as fostering necessary life skills such as responsibility, independence, perseverance, and communication.

      Currently, JT is teaching an undergraduate music theory course at Stony Brook University while completing their Master's degree in Trombone Performance. Throughout their career, JT continues to show audiences and students alike what dedication, passion, and creativity looks like through the lens of an experienced musical professional.

      Jt Kender teaches at:
      499 Sunrise Hwy Suite 51
      Patchogue, NY 11772
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