Mr. Patrick Zaur

This is my seventeenth year of teaching instrumental music. During these seventeen years I have instructed instrumental music at the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels. I have also taught computer classes with an emphasis on music production and editing.

I hold an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in instrumental music education and a master's degree from Northern Arizona University in educational technology. A focus I will be having with my students this year is to learn how to properly use personal technology to assist in the learning process and not just for social media. 

Outside of teaching I play with the Arizona Wind Symphony as the principal alto saxophonist. In the past I was the principal bass clarinetist or section clarinet. I've been a member of this group since either 1999 or 2000 (I really don't recall!) as a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and saxophonist. We rehearse every Wednesday evening from September through April.

Arizona Wind Symphony concerts occur during the week at the Tempe Center for the Arts. It is important that every musician takes time to attend other concerts so we understand what music is out there and also how our own performing compares to others.

My time outside of the school day is filled with my children's activities (3 girls and 1 boy). My weekdays and weekends are consumed with soccer and baseball during the fall/winter/spring months. My oldest three children all play soccer in the Gilbert Youth Soccer Association (GYSA). I coach one of my daughters in soccer at the U7 (U = Under) age group and am an assistant coach with my oldest daughter in the U10 division. My son plays both soccer and baseball and I am an assistant coach with his baseball team.

Band Materials

What does my child need for band?

There are a few things your child needs for band:

1) An instrument. Please rent one from a local music store if you do not own one or cannot get one from a family member or friend.

2) Method Book

O'Connor & Brinton Elementary Schools - Measures of Success, Bk. 1 - This is instrument specific. For example: If your child plays clarinet, the title will be Measures of Success, Bb Clarinet Book 1. Example  Measures of Success cover

Bush Elementary - Essential Elements, Bk. 1. - This is instrument specific. For example: If your child plays clarinet, the title will be Essential Elements, Bb Clarinet Book 1. Example Essential Elements Cover

3) Instrument accessories necessary for your instrument. 

  • Flutes - Flute rod and a very thin rag about 2 inches wide and longer than the rod.
  • Clarinets and Saxophones - Reeds (A quantity of 3-5 and strength rating of 2.5 or 3) and a cleaning swab. A reed case. Here's an example of an inexpensive reed case that is excellent.
  • Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Baritone, Tuba) - Valve oil and a sturdy rag.
  • Trombones - Slide oil and a rag.
  • Percussion - "2B" or "General" drum sticks and hard-rubber mallets (All normally included with a bell kit).
4) A WORKING PENCIL - Every student needs a pencil. Each instrument case has room for a pencil to be kept in it. Pens & markers are not allowed to be used in class for writing on music or assignments.
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Phone:  Brinton - (480) 472.4976

Phone:  Bush - (480) 472.8563

Phone:  O'Connor - (480) 472.7886

Concert Dates for Brinton, Bush, and O'Connor Bands

CLICK HERE (updated 11/20/17)

Fall 2017 Practice Recordings

Recordings to play along with

Honor Band Materials

Music / Audition Application / Information Letter

Warm-Ups

Scale Sheets

Musician Apps

Band Resources

Videos / Fingering Charts / Note Naming

Music Related Sites

Math, Science, and Coding