BSM, University of North Alabama
2014- Performed with the Pride of Dixie at BOA's National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium
2017-2018 UNA Chamber Choir Section Leader
2018- Sung in the premiere of Beethoven's 9th at UNA
I have always had a love for music. It has always been something that I love to do and also share with others. I was involved in music during my high school years, being in both choir and band, and proceeded to earn my music degree from UNA. I have had many opportunities to perform including for the 2014 BOA Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium, and sing for the President of the University of North Alabama. I want to be able to inspire others to fall in love with music, and chase after their musical dream!
I have been involved in music lessons ever since second grade. I began with piano lessons, and then over the years have taken voice, trumpet, guitar, and french horn. I would also attend master classes for the vocal department at UNA. One thing I have learned in all of this is the statement that practice makes perfect is very true! I have also learned that it is important to take things in chunks as you practice. That helps you to not get overwhelmed or tired! I believe that it is important to study more than just one area as it widens your knowledge.
For beginning students who are children, I like to start with a book filled with colors and pictures and that contains solos and theory. I beileve this captures their attention and can also help them relate it to something that, to them, is fun. I primarily like to use Alfred's Basic Piano Library book which continues in sequence. This allows students to easily flow from one book to another as they progress. I also like to assign them exercises from the book titled "A Dozen a Day." This helps with muscle memory as well as get them more comfortable with the instrument. I also have adult books, which are more suitable for the older student, but I am also open for teaching in an area that the student is desiring to learn, and so I can find things to teach that accomidates that.
I love seeing progression! During the first lesson or two, I like to see what all the student knows and what they are currently capable of. From there I can see where we need to start from and work our way forward. I don't like overloading the student with too much information at once, so I focus only on a few concepts at a time and work on it until they fully understand. I also believe that it is important to celebrate accomplishments, and that it encouranges the student to keep going in their studies.