BM, Illinois State University, Music Therapy
2015-2017: Accompanied over 30 students
I am a creative, goal-centered and insightful instructor who has spent many years dedicating her life to excellence in music. My primary instrument is piano. I'm an exceptionally gifted sight-reader and love to pass on some of those skills to my students. While I specialize in accompaniment, I've given some lessons for a variety of other instruments as well. I graduated in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Illinois State University. You'll find I'm an encouraging teacher, one who thinks outside the box to reach goals. Success is key and I'll make sure that happens for each one of my students. I believe practice is key to success, and providing motivation to practice is where I love to focus.
With my experience as a teacher, performer and accompanist combined with my degree in Music therapy, my lessons go far beyond physical skills. I help each of my students develop the part of them that truly loves music. My teaching experience dates back to when I was 15 - so I've been doing this for shy of 10 years. I have taught students with a variety of skill levels and varying ages. Most of my music career has focused on accompaniment and performance - but teaching is my favorite, because it gives me the opportunity to help another succeed. Music is at the core of each of us, and it's so crucial to find success in developing that part of us. I focus on student success, no matter what that looks like. My students will be encouraged to enter competitions, recitals, and composition. It's important, especially at a young age, to find your voice - music often provides words when speech does not.
For beginner's, I do typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements books. For intermediate, I'll evaluate what materials they've used thus far in their lessons and go from there. If someone is familiar with a set of books in a positive way, there's no reason to change the books they're using. I do believe, however, there is profit in a variety of repertoire, so a diverse lesson is key. I have learned from experience that simply learning one genre (classical, jazz, showtunes) is less desirable than having a familiar ear to multiple styles. It's all about developing a well-rounded musician. For adults, I directly discuss what it is they want to get out of their lessons, and develop an appropriate lesson plan with them.
In my studio, the most important thing when structuring lessons is to make them individualized. No two lessons look the same in my studio. If a student wants to work on composing, that will be the focus. If the student wants to work on sight-reading, we'll focus on that. Of course, it's important to be a well-rounded musician, but these lessons are for the students' benefit, not mine, so I'll make sure they leave their lessons with what they want to gain. So many students give up lessons because they were put on a boring, systematic track that left them with a sour taste in their mouth when it came to lessons (who really likes practicing, right?) I always find ways to make students excited for each lessons, even though it means they'll have to work hard.