Ryan Janus has been teaching music almost as long as he has been involved in it. Formally, his teaching experience began in his college years with a couple private students and coaching of marching band percussion sections. While still an undergraduate student, Mr. Janus was teaching Aural Skills in a formal classroom situation. He continued teaching privately through his undergraduate years at Hope College and his graduate years at the University of South Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Music in performance degree from Hope and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from USF, graduating both institutions Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Janus earned a perfect 4.0 GPA at the latter institution.
Immediately after earning his Masters' degree, Mr. Janus received a position to teach at his old alma mater, Hope College. He taught there for five years in the following capacities: Music Theory, Aural Skills, Keyboard Skills, Percussion Ensemble, Music Appreciation, Jazz Ensemble coaching, and studio saxophone instructor. In addition, Mr. Janus maintained a large private saxophone studio. Several of his students have gone on to earn advanced degrees and/or have successful careers as musicians and teachers. During his summers, Mr. Janus continued coaching marching band percussion sections as well as teaching on the faculties of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Aquinas College Jazz Camp.
These days, Mr. Janus's job in the Air Force Academy Band takes much of his time away from teaching, which he sorely misses. However, he still finds time to teach saxophone, theory and jazz flute at the Broadmoor Academy of Music. Mr. Janus is available to teach saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, and beginning oboe and bassoon. He also coaches an Advanced Placement Music Theory prep course on demand.
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