Trevor Morris

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Background: Trevor Morris had an interest in music at a young age. In the sixth grade, Mr. Trevor began playing the viola. He would go on to become viola section leader in high school. Mr. Trevor’s high school orchestra director Heather Grier (world-renowned violinist and frequent performer with Andrea Bocelli) inspired him to pursue music education as a career.

Mr. Trevor attended the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College in 2008, which is also the year he began teaching music lessons full-time. He became active in student government, and went on to become an award-winning music club president. Mr. Trevor moved on to the University of South Florida in 2011, where he played viola in the symphony orchestra and in several string quartets. Here he studied music education extensively and he also studied orchestral conducting with Dr. William Wiedrich.

Trevor Morris was inspired by composers such as Bartok, Shostakovich, Mahler, and other 20th century composers who use emotion and timbre to express their music rather than form and tonality. He has published several compositions, mostly for viola or solo piano. His piece “Journey” for viola was recorded for Brad Smith’s solo viola album in 2010. “Elegy No. 1” was performed live at the mainstage of HCC Ybor in 2011. Below you will hear a live recording of “Fantasie No. 1”, written for solo piano and also recorded/performed by Emi Stefanov in 2011.

Trevor has created a number of music theory e-books for students to use. These e-books range from beginner to advanced in material. The first, 1A, is great for young students. It goes over the basic functions of the piano keyboard, including lines/spaces, basic rhythm notation, and word games that use the treble and bass staves. It also contains colored cutouts that parents can use to create their own flashcards and games. Finally, it contains colored cutouts of every note on the piano, so beginner students can start to memorize the notes of the piano. E-book 2A is for intermediate students who need to understand key signatures and major vs minor keys. This e-book contains some easy-to-remember mnemonics to assist with memorizing key signatures. It shows easy to understand examples of how to figure out a major key signature, how to turn a major key into a minor key, and how to figure out the order of sharps and flats. The circle of fifths is also introduced in this e-book. Both e-books are available as a free PDF download.

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