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Andrew Powers

Andrew Powers

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    Andrew Powers is a Jazz guitarist (7 string), composer, arranger, and music educator from Shreveport, Louisiana. Andrew has written music for a variety of ensembles, including Jazz and classical groups. His original compositions have been performed at universities and other community events throughout the state. As a performer, Andrew has played as a soloist and accompanist, and as a member of various Jazz ensembles across the South.
    Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Arts in Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University where he studied Jazz guitar with Hank Mackey, classical guitar with Patrick Kerber, and composition with Dr. Stephen Suber. Andrew has also studied composition privately with highly accomplished musicians such as Nick Hwang at Louisiana State University and Todd Gabriel at Centenary College.

    Andrew spent five years teaching elementary, middle, and high school music and band in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. He presently teaches music for the Talented Arts Program in Caddo Parish Public Schools. In addition, Andrew also teaches Applied Guitar at Centenary College of Louisiana, and maintains a private guitar studio, where he teaches Jazz and commercial guitar to students ranging from beginners to advanced musicians. During the summer, Andrew is an instructor at the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Jazz Camp, helping young musicians to learn the history and language of Jazz. His students have performed at ArtBreak and other community events, as well as competed in district festivals. Several of his students have been selected to play in All-Parish Honor Band and have received music scholarships to attend college.
  • Resume

    C. ANDREW POWERS
    273 Leo Avenue . Shreveport, Louisiana 71105 • 225.276-5912 • capow111@yahoo.com
    CAREER OBJECTIVE: To acquire a position teaching middle school or high school band/guitar and build a successful music program that will enrich the lives of students, support the school, and strengthen the community.


    EDUCATION




    BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION, December 2006
    SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY, HAMMOND, LA
    • AREA OF CERTIFICATION: Music Education, with concentration in jazz guitar
    • HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS: member of SLU Jazz Ensemble and SLU Jazz Combo; Music Performance Scholarship recipient (2003–2006); President’s List (awarded every semester from 2002–2006); member of Music Educators National Conference
    • RELEVANT COURSES: Elementary Music Methods, Music Theory, Educational Psychology, Applied Instrumental Methods
    • STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
    o Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School [grades K–6]: taught Elementary Music classes
    o Southside Junior High School, Livingston Parish [grades 6–8]: taught and conducted Beginner, Concert, and Symphonic Band; conducted Symphonic Band at Denham Springs' Veterans Day program
    BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GENERAL STUDIES, December 2000
    LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, SHREVEPORT, LA
    • MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY: Arts and Humanities, with a concentration in History, English, and Sociology
    • HONORS: Dean’s List



    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE




    TEACHER, August 2011-Present
    CADDO PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM, SHREVEPORT, LA

    Talented Arts Program-Talented Music Teacher
    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:


    Herndon Middle Magnet School, 2011-2014
    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE:
    • Courses Taught: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Guitar [grades 6-8]
    • Courses Taught: Beginning and Intermediate Band [grades 6-8]
    • Led performances of the Herndon Concert Band and Guitar Ensembles
    • Led performances of the Herndon Guitar Ensembles & Soloists at Art Break and other community events
    • Participant, Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) District VIII Large Ensemble Festival

    TEACHER, January 2006 to 2011
    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM, BATON ROUGE, LA

    Tara High School, 2009-2011
    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE:
    • Courses Taught: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Concert Bands [grades 9-12]
    • Courses Taught: Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble [grades 9-12]
    • Led performances of Pep Band at school pep rallies, football games, concerts, and local parades
    • Participant, Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) District IV Large Ensemble Festival
    Crestworth Middle School, 2008-2009
    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE:
    • Courses Taught: Beginning Band [grades 6-8]
    • Completed LaTAAP, December 2008
    • Awarded Teacher of the Month, March 2009

    Howell Park Elementary, 2006-2008
    • Courses Taught: General Music [grades Pre-K through 5]
    INSTRUCTOR, JULY 2013-2014
    SHREVEPORT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL JAZZ CAMP
    • Taught music theory and Jazz improvisation
    • Led beginning and advanced Jazz Combos
    INSTRUCTOR, January 2006 to 2009
    BATON ROUGE MUSIC STUDIOS, BATON ROUGE, LA
    • Taught beginning jazz guitar, advanced jazz guitar, and bass guitar

    INSTRUCTOR, August 2003 to December 2006
    SLU COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL, HAMMOND, LA
    • Taught beginning guitar [ages 8 to adult]




    SKILLS



    COMPUTER ABILITIES: Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Internet research; Band in a Box; Finale

    MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Skilled in reading music and playing the following instruments ~ guitar, bass guitar, clarinet (bass, alto, B flat), saxophone, trumpet, baritone, tuba, oboe, bassoon, and trombone




    PERFORMANCES &
    PROFESSIONAL GROWTH



    PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES:
    • NORTH SHORE JAZZ ENSEMBLE, COVINGTON, LA
    o Performed at private events, weddings, and parties
    • FRENCH MARKET BISTRO, BATON ROUGE, LA
    • UPPER CRUST BISTRO, ZACHARY, LA
    o Performed as solo jazz guitarist for weekly patron entertainment
    • STRAWBERRY JAM FESTIVAL, PONCHATOULA, LA & BILL EVANS JAZZ FESTIVAL, HAMMOND, LA
    • ALCORN STATE JAZZ FESTIVAL, VICKSBURG, MS

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
    • ALL-PARISH HONOR BAND: EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH (2010-2011)
    • SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL MUSIC CONFERENCE (2008-2011)
    • DALE CARNEGIE COURSE IN PUBLIC RELATIONS (2000)

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