Paul Browne: Clarinet, Saxophone, Beginning Band, and Musicianship

Paul Browne began playing saxophone at age 10.  He attended Folsom High School, known for its outstanding jazz program and went on to study at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.  While in Santa Barbara, Paul immersed himself in many styles of music, especially jazz.  In addition to performing regularly, he taught private saxophone to students of many ages and abilities.  He soon discovered that he connects best with younger children and decided to get his elementary teaching credential.

Paul started his public school teaching career at Will Rogers Elementary in Ventura, teaching 3rd grade for a number of years.  While teaching at Will Rogers, Paul found ways to integrate music across the curriculum and even started an after school band program for the school.  In 2008, he accepted a job as an Elementary Music Specialist for Ventura Unified School District.  Paul now teaches general music at nine elementary schools in the district.   Teaching a diverse group of students from Kindergarten to 5th Grade, Paul uses a variety of strategies, including Orff Schulwerk, to engage his students. In 2010, he became the founding director of the Randy California Project, an after-school band program serving underprivileged students in Ventura.  In 2014, RCP partnered with NWS Harmony Project where he now  teaches Musicianship, Clarinet, Saxophone, and band. Paul continues to perform locally in a variety of groups, including the Ventura County Concert Band.

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