Music Lessons With Dr. Lawson

For the past eighteen years, I have taught private lessons lessons to middle school, high school, college, and recreational adult students, in both Tennesse and Texas.  As a teacher and performer, I am blessed to have an excuse to play all day, every day and I love to pass that love along to my students!  Whether their intention is to become a professional musician, a scientist, a teacher or anything else, the joy of learning to play an instrument, and learning to excel at a favorite pastime, is invaluable at any age. While music lessons always involve playing music, my students also learn many extra-musical lessons, such as self-discipline, perseverance, independence, and confidence. Music students tend to be better students in every area, and are frequently leaders among their peers.

As a private teacher, my focus is on building strong fundamental skills such as tone production, technique and articulation. I strive to teach my students to use their bodies mindfully, adjusting posture and hand position to avoid injury and strain. I do this because I find that students who have a strong, healthy basis in fundamentals are better able to assert themselves artistically, and that must always be the final goal.

My students regularly participate in Tennessee All-State and Mid-State bands and orchestras, the Ethos wind ensemble, and other area honor bands. They compete on local, regional and national levels, and they perform frequently. They win scholarships, they work hard, they excel, and they amaze me daily with their dedication.  However, let me make it clear that I am interested in hard-working, dedicated students, regardless of whether they ever enter or win a single competition.

For more information, or to register yourself or your child, please contact me at 931-434-3088 or tjlawson@bellsouth.net.