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Bachelor Degree: Eastern Connecticut State University, Master Degree: University of North Carolina Greensboro
2019- New England College Band Director's Solo Competition
2020- Outstanding Honors Thesis Award
2019- Undergraduate Creative Activity Fellowship
I am a clarinetist, student, and educator excited about sharing my knowledge of music and the clarinet with students. I will soon be working on my master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, College of Visual and Performing Arts, studying clarinet performance with Dr. Andy Hudson and Dr. Anthony Taylor. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) in the spring of 2020, graduating summa cum laude with honors. While at Eastern I studied with Christopher Howard, a member of the United States Coast Guard Band. I have also spent summers at Brevard Music Center and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, studying with Steve Cohen, David Blumberg, and Ricardo Morales, as well as working as the production intern for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival. In my time at Eastern, I won the New England Intercollegiate Band Festival Solo Competition, as well as receiving multiple awards from the music department, including the 2019 Undergraduate Creative Activity Fellowship, and the 2020 Outstanding Honors Thesis Award for my project, “Leonard Bernstein and the Twentieth Century Crisis of Faith.” I was selected to present twice at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, for her work on Bernstein as well as on environmentalism in the music of John Luther Adams. I look forward to teaching students all I can from both my performance and academic experiences.
I began teaching in the last couple years of my undergraduate degree, both coaching a chamber group and teaching clarinet privately. I can teach beginning piano and all levels of clarinet. For each student, I focus on developing healthy practice habits (physically & mentally) that allow them to be efficient and rewarded by their time spent with the instrument. I help students build a strong foundation of fundamentals so they are able to be successful working on more advanced literature. I'm always excited to help students at any level explore music as a means of learning about and expressing themselves, while gaining and improving upon this new skill.
I aim to help students enjoy practicing, whatever level they are at. This means lessons will be tailored to each student's interest, while still following a structured progression to help them gradually advance. All students will be guided through long tones, scales, technical studies, etudes, and solo pieces. Students at higher levels may also include orchestral excerpts. We will also discuss how to properly warm up the body and breath, so that practicing can be as healthy as possible and not result in any injuries or discomfort. Additionally, all students will keep a practice log, scheduling their practice time beforehand and reflecting on it afterwards. I will help students ensure that their practice journal is a useful and productive tool. All these aspects of lessons will be made specific to each student's level and interests.
I believe my role as a teacher is to help students improve their musical abilities in a holistic manner. This means in addition to talking about technique, we will discuss theory and history related to the instrument and repertoire (depending on level of the student) as well as healthy and productive practice habits. I will help students to set realistic weekly goals so each student is improving consistently and feeling satisfied with his/her accomplishments each week. I create a welcoming space for lessons where students are free to voice opinions and questions, and to explore their instrument and musicality.
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