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I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition. while there, I also studied violin and piano under renowned musicians and instructors. I had the opportunity to play in a national award-winning university orchestra, filling the roles of assistant concertmaster and principal second violin at various times. I have also performed in various other musical ensembles, including string quartets and the local community symphony.
I began teaching private students in high school, and have been consistently teaching students in my studio for the past five years. Many of my students have gone on to be very successful in youth orchestras, school programs, and music conservatories. During my senior year at university, I had the opportunity to serve as a faculty member for my university's pre-college music program. In this role, I represented the university by providing musical instruction to young upper string students. I also served as a tutor for my university's music theory classes, giving instructions and guidance to my fellow students.
Over my years of teaching, I have developed my own method for beginning students that caters to the individual student's needs and learning styles. Once the student has grasped the basic fundamentals, I start to introduce solo repertoire appropriate to their level, as well as focusing on learning proper technique. I believe that a very important part of my role as teacher is to guide the student on the route that they want to go. For example, if their focus is succeeding in auditions and in an orchestral setting, I will organize the lessons with that goal in mind. Likewise, if the student simply wants to learn for the joy of playing, without the pressure and stress of competition, the lessons will go accordingly.
It is important that each student progresses at their own pace, so I craft custom lessons for each of my students, making sure that whatever their ability level, they are learning to have a passion for music. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Creating a clear, achievable goal each week gives the student a feeling of accomplishment, and makes them eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
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