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  • Arranging
  • Baritone Horn
  • Chamber Music Coaching
  • Classical Clarinet
  • Concert Band Conducting
  • Brass Band Conducting
  • Ear Training
  • Euphonium
  • Classical Flute
  • French Horn
  • Improvisation
  • Instrumental Coaching
  • Music Appreciation
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Classical Saxophone
  • Sight Singing
  • Classical Trombone
  • Jazz Trumpet
  • Classical Trumpet
  • Latin Trumpet
  • Classical Tuba
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    Leland KornegayOffering private lessons in
    Clinton, Mississippi
    About MeContact Me

    Leland N. Kornegay, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, graduated from Wingfield High School. Leland earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, MS. He later attended the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX, where he received the Master of Music Education degree, while engaged as a graduate assistant of Jazz Studies. In 2003, Lee received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Lee’s musical career spans a period of over 25 years. As a professional musician, Lee has performed in various show business meccas, such as, Reno/Tahoe, NV; Atlantic City, NJ; Orlando, FL; and Branson, MO. Lee has toured both nationally and internationally. Lee’s horn can be heard on the platinum recordings, Mr. Big Stuff, and Paul Simon’s, Rhymin’ With Simon album. Lee has performed with a variety of musical groups, such as The Temptations, O’Jays, Four Tops, the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Burt Bacharach, Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis, Jr. and a host of other celebrities.

    In 1999, Lee returned to the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. As a doctoral candidate, Lee served as a graduate assistant of Jazz Studies. During this period, Leland was also employed as an adjunct brass instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, in Perkinston, MS.

    Dr. Kornegay completed a one-year appointment as the Visiting Professor of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in Alva, OK, where he offered instruction in music education courses, applied music, and jazz ensemble. Under his direction, the NWOSU Jazz Ensemble performed at the Wichita Jazz Festival in 2004, where one of the band members received an outstanding soloist award.

    After returning to Mississippi in 2004, Dr. Kornegay was employed as an adjunct music professor at Mississippi College, where he taught applied trumpet, brass methods, and directed the jazz ensemble. He was also appointed as an adjunct jazz ensemble director at Delta State University, in Cleveland, MS. In 2005, Lee became an applied music instructor and the director/arranger for the Youth Orchestra at the Crossgates School of Worship Arts in Brandon, MS, where he also played first trumpet in the Crossgates Baptist Church Orchestra.

    From 2008-2010, Dr. Kornegay served as the Assistant Professor of Music Industry at South Carolina State University, in Orangeburg, SC. During his tenure at SC State, he coordinated the music industry curriculum, provided instruction in music business and technology, and supervised music industry internships. From 2009-2011, Lee also performed regularly as a member of the South Carolina-based beach music variety band Second Nature.

    Dr. Kornegay was engaged as the Assistant Band Director at East Mississippi Community College, located in Scooba, MS, where he provided applied instrumental instruction and assistance with all aspects of the band program. Lee is in demand as a lead and jazz trumpeter, as well as an active instructor, arranger, contractor, and clinician.

    For more information on booking Lee for adjudication, clinics, concerts, festivals, or for customized musical arrangements, please contact Dr. Kornegay through this website.

    My Teaching Background
    I earned a D.M.A. in trumpet performance and pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. I also earned a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas (1977) and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi (1975). I am qualified to provide instruction on all the band instruments. My musical expertise comprises a wide spectrum from classical music to jazz improvisation encompassing many idioms.

    My Teaching Philosophy

    The foundation of education should be to educate the “whole” person in order to empower individuals to become responsible citizens who will benefit their communities and make positive contributions to society as a whole. Every person, regardless of socioeconomic background, deserves an equal opportunity to maximize his or her individual skills and knowledge.

    Many areas of the country have an overabundance of underprivileged youth who are in great need of encouragement and guidance by the educational community in order to empower them to take charge of their lives and to equip them for success in an ever-changing, complex, and technological society. The visual and performing arts plays an integral role in enriching lives by breaking down cultural barriers, fostering cultural awareness, and encouraging intellectual growth.

    The educator should serve as a positive role model by exemplifying a high moral character in both teaching and in personal life. Honesty, integrity, and respect are important qualities to impart to everyone in order to sustain positive interaction among students and faculty members. The educator must also be a team-player who is willing to set aside personal agendas in order to achieve the most effective positive results for others within the educational milieu.

    In addressing classroom management, the instructor must have an effective plan in place before each class session begins and possess a thorough knowledge of the subject matter. Lessons must be interesting and, to a certain degree, fun, in order to motivate students to achieve affirmative outcomes. Positive reinforcement and encouragement should always be utilized instead of humiliation and intimidation. Dismissing a student from class should only be used as a last resort. I have determined that the "time-out" method is highly effective in classroom management, especially with younger students.

    I wish to impart my extensive experience as a professional instrumentalist and a music educator to students of any age group and at any level of proficiency. My experience will benefit any educational team that has a need for a seasoned music professional who will help students to achieve musical excellence, understanding, awareness, and an appreciation of all the visual and performing arts.

    Leland N. Kornegay, D.M.A.

    Rates And Availability
    I maintain an applied music studio at Major Scales Music School, which is centrally located in Clinton, MS, a suburb of Jackson, MS. I offer private music instruction on all the band instruments from beginners to adults. I also teach arranging, orchestration, and conducting. I am also willing to travel to a student's school, home, or office to offer high quality private music instruction. My studio fees are $40 for a thirty-minute lesson and $55 for a one-hour lesson. Fees for travel are slightly higher depending on the location.