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About Shelley Patterson

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Shelley Patterson
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
Speaks: English
Instructs: Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone
Education: Edmonds Community College - Associates in Music (2009) Texas State University - B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Music (2014) University of Southern Mississippi - M.M. Music Theory and Jazz Saxophone Performance (2022)
Performance Experience: Seattle native, Shelley, has performed professionally across the country since the age of 15. The EdCC big band regularly opened for larger acts (Roy Hargrove/Branford Marsalis/etc) and performed in the Lionel Hampton Jazz festival (Idaho). She then relocated to central Texas for 10 years where she performed regularly in the Austin area, recorded an album, and played in The Wimberly Big Band. She currently performs all around the Pine Belt (since 2015), playing everything from folk to jazz.
Teaching Experience: Shelley has over 10 years experience teaching saxophone, flute, and music theory to musicians of all levels. At Texas State University she had a small studio of high/middle school students, and tutored music theory. At The University of Southern Mississippi she taught aural skills, theory, and sax/flute. She currently has a piano studio of approximately 45 students ranging in age from 5 years old through retired adults, and holds a teaching appointment at Music and Arts.
Teaching Philosophy: "Music is like Oxygen for a deeper part of the soul. Make music like your life depends on it. Because it does." - unknown. Music is the most vibrant source of joy I have ever experienced. I consider myself the luckiest person alive to share that joy with my students, and enjoy teaching all ages, skill levels, and genres of music - my specialty being jazz. I care deeply about the success of my students and tailor each lesson to their goals, interests, and skill level.
Shelley Patterson teaches at:
100 North 39th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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