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Music Institute Director of Community Engagement and Music as Service, Victor Ribadeneyra
Director of Community Engagement
Trombone Faculty
At MIC for 6 years 7 months

Private Instruction
Low brass faculty (trombone, euphonium, tuba) 

Available For

Bachelor of Music Education and Jazz Studies, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 

Influential teachers:
M Dee Stewart, Curtis Fuller, Peter Ellefson, David Baker

Additional Studies / Recent Awards / Recordings

Additional studies/awards 
As a performer: 

Finalist, USAF Golden Band of the West Trombone Audition 

Jazz Fellow, Ravinia Steans Music Institute 

Finalist, Indiana University Concerto Competition 

Ensemble Champion, Drum Corps International Individual & Ensemble Competition 

Principal Trombone, Indiana University Concert Orchestra 

As a teacher: 
Top group ratings in ISSMA Jazz Band Competitions 

Top group ratings in ISSMA Middle School and High School Concert Band Competititons 

Top student ratings in ISSMA Solo Competitions 

Two consecutive trips to ISSMA Class B State Marching Band Finals (2014, 2015) 

Basic Teaching Philosophy or Special Music Interests/Specialties

I specialize equally in both classical and jazz music. I have experience teaching and performing many genres of music including Dixieland jazz, orchestral music, marching band music, Latin jazz, big band jazz, concert band, combo jazz, and more. My teaching philosophy stems from the school of Arnold Jacobs, former principal tubist with the CSO. I believe that the ear should be the guide to learning.

My teaching method focuses on helping students remove mental blocks to make playing as effortless as possible. I am also a believer in adaptive teaching and meeting every student where they are. No two students are the same, so I customize my teaching around each student and their individual goals. 

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Member, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network 

Director of Community Engagement, Music Institute of Chicago 

Hobbies/interests outside of music: 
Baking and cooking, volunteering with homeless animals, playing soccer, Dungeons & Dragons. 

Most memorable musical moment: 
It's a tie between two things: performing the National Anthem for a crowd of thousands of band directors at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference and writing and performing my original jazz composition at the Ravinia Festival. 

What music means to you: 
Music is special because it brings people together. Music is a universal language that people from any culture, background, or language can understand. Music also has the special power to express what words cannot.