Elevator Pitch

My name is William Ash and my goal is not to change the world directly, but to shape the future generations into world-changers themselves. Part of my goal in becoming a band director is to help future generations love music, true, but also to help them become better people, and people who understand how music can help change the world. I want my students to go out and change the world for the better, whether through music or not, but I do want them to realize the power of music and develop a love and respect for it.

Motivation

In the past, I have had issues with a bad habit of procrastination, but in the past year or so, I have been able to put that mostly behind me by learning how and when I work best, maximizing my efficiency. I work best at night and in a quiet environment, preferably without computers, as I tend to get easily distracted.

I have also been a strategic learner in the past, but overcame that by finding something that interests me within every topic, which drives me to look deeper.

Blog 2-Work Habits

I work best in a stress-free environment, so I will try to implement a rewards system into my practice and homework schedules. In the past, I have spent quite some time working on breaking my habit of procrastinating and have made slow progress, so the deadline system doesn’t work very well for me, so I will try the rewards system. I also intend to alter my practice schedule to include time for naps (or just breaks in general).

I think that the rewards system will help me become more determined and hopefully induce me to practice more.

My History

I grew up with a passion for music, especially jazz. I have always known that I wanted music to be a part of my life. I first joined band in 6th grade and chose the typical jazz instrument-the saxophone. ¬†As I began to develop as a saxophonist, I began searching for inspiration in the archives of jazz history. My first inspiration was Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington’s legendary lead alto. I tried to emulate Hodges’ mellow but piercing tone. My second inspiration was Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, for his bright sound and technical mastery. I am still working on emulating these (and many other) great saxophonists because I know that somewhere in the mix, I will find my own voice.