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BM, Susquehanna University, Music Education
2010 - Performed with the Susquehanna University Concert Band at the PMEA Conference
2010 - Performed with the Susquehanna University Concert Band at the Collegiate Band Directors' National Association (CBDNA) Conference
2008 - Performed with the Susquehanna University Choir at Carnagie Hall
2007 - Performed with the Susquehanna University Concert Band at the Easter Division National Association for Music Education (MENC) Conference
I have been passionate about music and teaching from a very young age. I began playing the flute at age 10 and eagerly continued, participating in every musical opportunity I had in middle school, high school, and college. In 2010, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Susquehanna University with my Bachelors in Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in flute. Immediately after graduating, I took an orchestra director position in Charlotte, North Carolina where I have been teaching for the last five years. In addition to teaching in public schools, I have taught privately since 2007 and am actively involved in the music program at my church.
I have taught private lessons to students of all ages since my time in college. I enjoy working with a wide variety of ages, and levels of experience from beginners, to students with over ten years of experience who are auditioning for college programs. As a public school music teacher, I am able to compliment what students are already learning in their school music programs and help them prepare for local and regional auditions. I am also aware of the expectations of these programs, so I can better prepare them to participate if they are interested in starting an instrument at an earlier age. It is my goal to help students succeed in whatever their goals are, and I work with them to keep them motivated and achieve their goals.
It is my goal to customize the lesson experience for every student that I teach. Most beginners benefit from a method book, such as Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, which is a good starting place for most students. As students progress on their instrument, I choose the method books and solos that will best help them develop their talents as well as keep them engaged in the material. During my years on the flute, I have used a wide variety of methods that I have found successful for different techniques, so I can effectively select what material will help each student become successful.
I believe that every single child has the ability to play a musical instrument and it is my goal to help as many children as I can realize that potential. However, not every child learns the same way or is motivated by the same things, so it is crucial that I am able to modify my teaching to reach every student. I like to set goals with students so that they are able to direct their own lessons and have something to work towards. By getting to know the students, I am able to keep them inspired to learn and help them develop new skills and techniques on the flute.
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