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M.M., The Hartt School, University of Hartford - Flute Performance (2020) B.M., University of Delaware - Music Education, concentration in flute (2018)
2017 - Winner of the Newark Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
2017 - Winner of the Murray Panitz Memorial Scholarship, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia
2017 - Winner of the UD Department of Music Jefferson Award
2017 - Performer in Jeffrey Khaner (principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) Flute Festival Masterclasses
2018 - Performed with the University of Delaware Orchestra in China
I am a passionate teacher and musician and I have experience teaching students of all ages. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a concentration in flute. I'm currently enrolled at the Hartt School where I am pursuing my masters degree in Flute Performance. I co-direct the Hartt School's Flute Choir and teach private flute and piano students. In 2018, I toured China with the University of Delaware Orchestra as the principal flutist and piccolo player. I love teaching both flute players and piccolo players of all levels!
I started teaching private lessons during college, and I have consistently had a studio of students including elementary schoolers to adults. In my last semester of undergraduate studies, I student taught with an elementary and a high school band. My favorite thing to teach is flute lessons! When I teach lessons, I like to make sure students feel comfortable and also challenged. They should know that mistakes are not a bad thing, but we are always working to improve. There are no dumb questions: my main goal is to make students enjoy playing the flute, stay motivated, and get better. I always work to the level of the students, and I will push them more or less depending on what their goals are.
For elementary students and some middle schoolers, I usually either work out of Standard of Excellence or Essential Elements book 1 to begin their studies or continue where they left off. For high schoolers and more advanced middle schoolers, I like to have them play solo flute pieces that fit with their ability level. If the student is in band at school, I also work through that music with them if they are interested. With adults, I listen to them play something that they are already familiar with or suggest some music that they might like. I am always open to any ideas that the students have, and I will guide them in a direction that we both agree with.
When I teach, I like to make sure my students feel welcome and encouraged. I will always praise them when they make improvements, no matter how small, but I will still make sure they know what it is they have to work on without reprimanding them. I try to keep my students inspired by asking them what they want to work on. For example, with a high school student, we worked on a duet that she composed for two flutes. The lessons are tailored so that students can enjoy themselves and love how much they are improving!
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