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BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 10+ years experience with keyboard, alto saxophone, clarinet. Jazz, marching specialty expertise
2004 awards for performances in competitions
Hello All! I am a woodwind instructor, specifically clarinet and alto saxophone, with over 15 years of musical experience. I began my interest in music through band in school, and my love for it grew as I developed as a musician. I then began transposing music, composing music, and began to learn the keyboard as well. I have studied musical history, performed in group and individual settings, and am currently developing unique musical concepts to make the learning experience for my students as enjoyable as possible. Since my collegiate educational background is in Health and Administration, I make sure to devote as much time as possible to developing as a musician and instructor.
Currently licensed as a substitute teacher and a paraprofessional (teacher's aide), I have much experience in a classroom setting and assisting elementary through high school students. I have held both licenses for over 5 years. I also have previous experience as the coordinator for an after school program through Chicago Public Schools, which I was employed by, and running the program as well. A lot of the program consisted of individually assisting/tutoring students from elementary through high school. In terms of music, I have trained and coached family and friends with music, but I plan to incorporate my professional tutoring experience in regards to developing curriculum for Musika students.
Although my collegiate educational background is not primarily in music, I have vast knowledge of music theory, and understand that each student has individual needs. My biggest method that has the most success, no matter the subject of training is "I Do, We Do, You Do". When teaching a new musical concept, it is most important for a student to have an understanding of the principle. I would explain the concept, and give an example by demonstrating the concept (I Do), however many times the student needs me to do so, and they would practice the concept with me (We Do), and once they feel comfortable trying the concept on their own, I would have them demonstrate the concept for me until mastery is achieved (You Do). I begin with Essential Elements, since those instruction books cover so much of the musical foundations and allow for any pace.
As a parent, I understand the importance of building up from foundations, and I illustrate that same dedication as I would with my own children through teaching music. I know that everyone learns at different paces, different styles, different ways. My goal is to individualize each musical teaching experience that best serves each student's needs. I meet students at their personal level, and we build from there. That allows for students to not only feel comfortable with the expectations set, but it allows for them to feel as if they can meet goals. For instance, if a student brings in new sheet music, and I know that they are still learning how to read notes altogether, we will practice understanding the notes first before diving into the music itself. That may take longer than expected, but a student will enjoy playing music much better with a full understanding of all its aspects.
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