My primary goal as a teacher is to share my passion for music with others. Students find that this requires an extraordinary amount of dedication but that the results and personal/artistic rewards are more than worthwhile. Having benefitted from a similar approach taken by my elementary school band director, I believe that students are capable of making fantastic progress when unencumbered by self-doubt and fear. I therefore see my students as young adults with limitless potential waiting to be explored and developed.
In my teaching I focus on providing students with the tools to work smart, not just hard. Self-analysis and self-critique are mainstays of each lesson and students are encouraged to analyze their performance so that we can discuss what to listen for and how to focus individual practice. I hold students to a high standard and expect them to do so as well. Weekly lessons are my chance to convey my knowledge and passion for music while ensuring that a student goes home prepared to continue exploring and growing on his/her own for the next week. When I teach, I share my knowledge but also help students refine their ability to continue teaching themselves during daily practice.
Dorian is a passionate teacher and currently maintains a private studio, teaches chamber music for the Great Falls Symphony Youth Orchestra, and is the bassoon professor at Montana State University, Bozeman. Previously, he has been an adjunct professor at Great Falls College and guest instructor at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Mr. Antipa has previously served as a visiting professor for a semester term at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA and has also been on faculty with the Metropolis school for the Performing Arts and the Hartt Community Division where he also coordinated the woodwind chamber music program and coached ensembles. Additionally, Dorian was a bassoon instructor for the West Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut and for District 211 in Illinois. He has maintained a private studio for over ten years and has former students studying bassoon at schools including Boston University and The Hartt School.