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Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Clarinet Performance, 2016
Bachelor of Music, University of Maryland College Park, Clarinet Performance, 2012
2016 - Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kaplan Fellow
2016 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet Audition, Finalist
2016 - Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship, Recipient
2015 - Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, Winner
2008 - Robert H. Smith Scholarship, Recipient
I am a dedicated and enthusiastic instructor and performer. Music has always been a positive influence on my life; I hope to foster the same lifelong love of music in my students! I hold a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music in clarinet performance and a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, also in clarinet performance. As a performer, I have had the opportunity to play at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Kimmel Center and I spent one summer performing as a member of the National Reperotry Orchestra in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado.
My teaching experience dates to the beginning of my undergraduate degree. I took one year of music education experience courses and gained valuable experience observing and student teaching in public schools. I have also maintained a small private studio for the past seven years. It is extremely important to me that my students have fun making music and learning to play their instrument. If it isn't enjoyable, there is no point in undertaking the effort to learn a new instrument! My lessons often include duets or exercises for two people to help build good pitch and to learn to play well with others. I am currently accepting students of all ages!
My methods vary by age group and skill level. I generally use Hal Leonard's Essential Elements for students new to the clarinet then progress to Baermann Scale Studies as well as several different methods depending on the student's ability. In addition to etudes, solo repertoire is introduced, also based on the student's ability. Outside of playing the instrument, my lessons include reed fixing and balancing, practice techniques, performance anxiety reduction techniques, and for more advanced students, audition techniques. Methods and pieces used during lessons are tailored to the student to ensure they are improving while still having fun.
I strive to maintain a fun stress free environment in my lessons. I want my students to feel comfortable making mistakes because with each mistake is an opportunity to learn a new concept or fix an underlying problem. I also encourage students to suggest material to be played or worked on during lessons. I've found that if my students are working on music that they choose to play, they have more motivation and it's more fun. Goal setting is also very important. I set daily lesson goals as well as longer term goals for my students to work towards. By setting achievable goals, students can see, feel, and hear their improvement.
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