I have taught music at all levels—including K-12, university, and adult learners—for more than ten years, as well as worked as an administrator in a variety of educational settings.
My approach to education is multifaceted and accommodates a variety of learning styles. I frequently incorporate multimedia as well as games or other interactive tasks into my lesson planning. My style is high-energy, reflecting my belief that an engaging stage persona is as important in the classroom as it is for a performing musician—live demonstrations are an important component of my teaching.
My focus is not only on teaching students about music, but also on helping them to develop transferrable skills, including discipline, creativity, critical thinking/listening, leadership, and communication. I am also a believer in connecting students with their communities; I make every effort to bring my students in contact with local musicians, performing arts organizations, and other experts who can help them to realize the real-world applications of what they are learning in the classroom or in my studio.
I also teach private cello at all levels, beginning piano, and chamber music. To inquire about lessons, group classes, and workshops, please e-mail me at ltbranstetter [at] gmail [dot] com.
Case Western Reserve University
History of Rock and Roll (MUPM 212)
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This course will introduce the history and styles of rock and roll, from its roots in the musics of African-Americans and rural whites, through its emergence in the 1950s, and into the myriad subgenres that developed in the late twentieth century. Throughout the course, we will also trace trends in the industry and culture of music, learn about key performers and performances, and study the relationship between music and technology.
This is a three-credit-hour course for students who are not majoring in music (music majors should take MUHI 312). There are no prerequisites.
Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will have gained the ability to: