I am proud to be a part of the Ramsey Middle School music faculty! I have taught instrumental music in public schools for over ten years, including Ramsey Junior High in St. Paul, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and in the Brooklyn Center Public School system. Over this time I have been fortunate to collaborate with many composers-in-residence as well as work as a section coach for MMEA All State Band Camp. I developed a curriculum that stresses intrinsic motivation and empowers students to make decisions about their education.
I grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and I come from a family of musicians and educators. I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago in 1997, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2010.
In addition to teaching, I am a freelance woodwind specialist and have performed with many bands in the Twin Cities, Chicago, and New York City. I enjoy biking, running, golf, and learning the trombone. I live in St. Paul with an amazing wife, two wonderful sons, and two cats!
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Andy Nelson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramsey Middle School | Minneapolis Public Schools
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December 15, Concert Band and Jazz Band Concert
January 18, Varsity Band and Beginning Band Concert
April 20, Chamber Music Concert with The Copper Street Brass Quintet
May 11, Jazz Band Concert
May 24, Band Concert - Concert Band 7th Grade, Concert Band 8th Grade
May 31, Band Concert - Varsity Band 6th Grade, Varsity Band 7th Grade, Beginning Band
Ramsey Middle School is accepting quality used instruments for students to use. Please follow the link below and choose Ramsey Middle School from the dropdown menu. You can also email me at email@example.com if you have questions.
Ramsey Jazz Ensemble
Auditions will take place during the third week of September. Rehearsals will start the following week (Monday and Wednesday 7:30-8:20am)
Jazz Band auditions consist of three scales of the students' choice, plus a short Jazz tune (in the Concert Band and Varsity Band Google Drive). Everybody should work up the melody except for drummers, who should be prepared to demonstrate the following grooves: Swing, Rock, Latin (Bossa)
1 West 49th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612.668.4040 | Fax: 612.668.4050