BM, James Madison University, Music Education
AAS, MSC Redwing Technical College, Band Instruemtn Repair
2014 - Inducted into Pi Kappa Lamba, the National Music Honor Society
2013 - Marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
2013 - Recieved the Carole Jackson Memorial Scholarship for Music Education
2013 - Performed with the JMU Wind Symphony for the Inaugeration of President Alger to JMU
2012 - Performed with the JMU Wind Symphony at the Homestead for the 2012 NAfME conference.
I am an enthusiastic and creative teacher who loves working with students to discover and acheive their full potential. I graduated from James Madison University with my Bachelor of Music in Music Education on the flute in 2014.I love music and finding ways to communicate with others and teach life lessons through music. I have increased my understanding of music by participating in the JMU Marching Band, taking extra classes such as: Irish Music Seminar, Orff/Kodaly classes, Jazz Pedagogy, and Flute Pedagogy, and performing in masterclasses by Rhonda Larson, Paula Robison, Robert Maribal, Shelly Binder, and George Pope. In 2016, I founded the Fredericksburg Innovative Flute Ensemble (FIFE) which grew from three to 18 members in just two years. While we took a break during the pandemic, we are now back full fledge with FIFE Jr. in the fall - which focuses on middle schoolers and teaching them how to play with other flute players. In the spring, FIFE focuses more on high school students and honing their musical skills through different musical themes. I currently hold a studio of 12 students at KBI Music Shoppe in Fredericksburg, VA. I also play in multiple groups in the area such as Spotswood Baptist Church, the Fredericksburg Symphony Orchestra, and The Christian Youth Theater.
I have been teaching flute lessons for 11 years. I have taught students from third through twelfth grade, adults, and students with special needs. I focus mainly on encouraging the student to find what interests them most about music and to find out how to apply music to their own lives. In lessons, I work to increase the student's understanding of music so that they will want to discover new things on their own. I always want to make music a positive and unique experience for each of my students.
I generally focus on teaching the student new and important skills and fundamentals through the student's interests. Many times band music does not challenge the student in an area that grabs their attention, so I like to find something that the student will want to practice. My main goal is to teach the student, no matter what age or level, how to discover music and to practice on their own. I believe this fosters self esteem and the desire to do well. I like to follow the NFA's idea to "inspire the desire to aspire".
I always make sure to tailor each lesson specifically for each student. No person is the same, so no student will experience music the same way. I begin my time with my students by having them fill out a questionaire about what is most important to them. After this, I generally begin each lesson with highs and lows of the week in order to discover what is most exciting to the student and what is not. I try to help the student find the best way to practice and set goals for themselves so that they will experience music exactly the way they were meant to.