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BA, University of Dayton, Music Studies (Trombone)
2017 - Performed at Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans 2017 - Performed with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra 2016 - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Merit Award 2014 - Attended Masterclass with Arturo Sandoval at University of Dayton
I am a young, passionate, and eager instructor who enjoys working with students of all ages and sharing my love of music. In 2017, I graduated form the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies with a focus in Trombone Performance. Being able to learn and perform all over the country has been one of the most phenomenal experiences as a musician. I have had the opportunity to tour and perform at Trombone clinics and music education conferences all over the country including New Orleans, New York, Chicago, and Memphis.
My teaching experience began in high school when my band director gave me the opportunity to teach lessons to some students at the middle school. When I went to college, this passion for teaching lessons grew as I was fortunate enough to have a small studio through the help of my college professor. As a teacher, I encourage regular practice on a consistent schedule for my younger students, encouraging them that individual practice is their time to learn more about their own instrument and gain a passion for music through performance. I also have found that on top of strong fundamentals and good practice and performance habits, students find more pleasure in music when introduced to a variety of styles of music. Introducing students to classical, jazz, blues, and even modern music allows students to find even more enjoyment in the instrument they play. I encourage my students to perform in recitals and showcase the progress they have made in order to stay motivated. I am always looking to take in new students of all ages!
For beginning students, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. Once the student has a grasp on the fundamentals of performance, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital or NYSSMA solo. After the student moves on from basic method books, I introduce more trombone-specific books such as Arban's Trombone Method Book and Rochut's Melodious Etudes for trombone. For adults, I like to find out what kind of music they want to play and plan my lesson accordingly to skill level.
The most rewarding part of a private lesson is seeing the students' love more music develop right in front of you! Therefore, it is critical that I tailor each lesson to fit a student's needs so that they may progress at their own pace. I accomplish this by setting realistic goals for my students. Because of this I make sure to acknowledge the accomplishment of my students when they find progress, and use that progress as motivation for the next lesson. By figuring out what inspires the student musically, I can successfully tailor my instruction to fit their needs and wants.
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