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About Vaughn Cardona

Vaughn Cardona
Vaughn Cardona
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Franklin, TN
Speaks: English
Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Education: Doctor of Musical Arts, Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting from Colorado State University Bachelor of Arts, Clarinet Performance from Transylvania University
Performance Experience: As a woodwind performer and doubler, I have performed with a variety of community bands, orchestra, and college-level theatrical productions. As a conductor, I have worked with a variety of student level, community level, and semi-professional orchestras and opera companies.
Teaching Experience: In the last decade, I have taught a variety of students, ranging from children, adult beginners, intermediate players, and collegiate music majors. I have been active as a classroom teacher, private lessons instructor, and ensemble director. I have also facilitated masterclasses for wind players and for young conductors.
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that formal education should provide students with a safe space in which to identify and develop their individual learning styles as well as practicing appropriate ways of interacting with others. These experiences contribute to self-awareness and the formation of values and character traits that promote long-term success.

Get to know Vaughn Cardona

Dr. Vaughn Cardona is a studio instructor for Music & Arts teaching private lessons for woodwind and voice students of all ages and skill levels. Before joining the Music & Arts teaching team, he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Bryan College where he directed the Bryan College Wind Ensemble, Bryan College Community Orchestra, and served as music director and conductor for Bryan's Hilltop Players and Bryan Opera Theatre. He also taught courses relating to instrumental performance, conducting, and music history. Other positions include being an instructor for Walters State Community College, where he taught music courses and conducted the Encore Community Chorale. Before entering graduate school, he worked as the Director of Bands and Chorus Director for the Clay County School System in Celina, Tennessee, where he taught K-12 general music and directed instrumental and vocal ensembles. In addition to teaching, he has also served multiple terms as the Music Production Coordinator for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and is an active member of the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (ETSBOA), and serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator for conducting and woodwind performance.

Holding a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University, Vaughn studied conducting and orchestral repertoire with Maestro Carlos Riazuelo, as well as completing secondary studies in Musicology. Before attending LSU, he completed a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at Colorado State University, where he studied with Conductor’s Guild past-president Wes Kenney. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Clarinet Performance from Transylvania University.
Vaughn Cardona teaches at:
539 Cool Springs Blvd Suite 115
Franklin, TN 37067
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