Ms. Danielle Kendall began her studies in music with the euphonium at the age of ten. She began playing tuba for her high school when she was fourteen. She grew up in Niagara Falls, New York and completed her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2016 in Tuba Performance and Music Education, summa cum laude. She is in the process of Initial Certification for music education K-12 in New York State. In the fall of 2016 she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate in tuba from the Fredonia School of Music. During the winter of 2015 - 2016, she studied abroad in Ghana, Africa taking African drumming, dance, and gyil lessons at the Dagara Music Center with Bernard Woma.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance at the Hartt School of Music in May 2019. In June 2019, she was a semifinalist in the ensemble competition at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Throughout the years her teachers have been Raymond Stewart, Scott Mendoker and James E. Jackson III. She is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at The Hartt School of Music. Ms. Kendall is also an active member of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
Throughout her collegiate career, Ms. Kendall has performed as a soloist as well as a chamber musician for master classes given by renowned musicians such as Dennis Nulty, David Jolly, Demondrae Thurman, Avital Handler, Sotto Voce, Gene Pokorny, and Joe Burgstaller. Along with performing in numerous collegiate ensembles she has been a member of the 2020 Brass Quintet, The Flavor Town Tuba Quartet, The Vintage Brass Quintet, The Baker Memorial Church Brass Quintet and has performed with The Willimantic Orchestra, The Tonawanda Legion Band, Sanborn Fire Company Marching Band and The Erie County Wind Ensemble. Ms. Kendall has also performed numerous solo recitals at SUNY Fredonia and the University of Hartford. She teaches tuba and euphonium lessons and has freelanced throughout Western New York and Connecticut. Besides music, Danielle enjoys spending time outdoors, playing with her cat and cooking for her family.
I believe that every student is unique and individual. Each student has a different learning style and different types of instruction help students learn. I believe in providing differentiated instruction so that I can reach each student by modifying and accommodating students’ needs and individual goals. I truly believe that you can learn something from everybody. I make it a goal to learn from my students just as much as they learn from me. Everybody has value and by listening to others, it is amazing what one can learn throughout life and I try to encourage my students to learn from others as well. I also try to provide my students with a well rounded music education including solo performances, chamber music, active listening, and brass technique. I use a variety of method books that focus on different aspects of brass playing and music making as well as introduce students to standard wind band and orchestral repertoire. I hope to help each student become successful musicians and in turn, encourage their growth as people.