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MM, University of Iowa, Musicology (in progress) BMA, Roosevelt University, Piano Performance
2010-2013 - University of Iowa School of Music Tuition Scholarship & Teaching Assistantship
2009 - IES Summer Music Performance Program (Vienna, Austria)
2005-2009 - Roosevelt University Performance Scholarship & Scholars Program Scholarship
2005 - Peter M. Pappas Outstanding Musician Award & Eileen Gamble Distinguished Female Musician Award (Glenbrook South High School)
I have been playing piano and flute/piccolo for 17 years now and my love for music has only gotten stronger. In the winter of 2009, I graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. Also, I am currently working on my Master of Arts degree in Musicology/Music History at the University of Iowa (I still need to complete my thesis). As a musician, I have performed in numerous competitions, recitals, church services, weddings, and even several funerals. I believe that music has strong emotional powers and it has been my pleasure to move people by making music. I enjoy sharing the gift of music with others in performances as well as in lessons.
I first started teaching piano and flute/piccolo back when I was in high school. When I started, I mainly focused on helping my fellow students prepare for performances and competitions. When I was in college, I was offered a temporary teaching position to teach piano at Allegro Music Academy (Lemont, IL) and I was able to work with children of all ages and playing levels. I realized that I really enjoyed working with children and from that point on, I sought out to teach mainly children. I do enjoy teaching adult students as well and I do appreciate that adult students are usually more motivated to learn music than children are. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of sharing music with bothchildren and adults and I hope to continue doing so for years to come.
I do not believe in the "cookie-cutter" teaching method, which means that I do not utilize the same teaching method with every student. I realize that each student is a unique individual with different learning preferences. With each student, I design a different approach that caters to the student's needs. Also, I do not have a set curriculum and with each student, I will set up an individualized plan. Some method books I use include: Faber & Faber, John Thompson Piano Course, and the Suzuki Method.
I am neither strict nor laid back. In order to improve, however, students are required to practice everyday (even if it is for 15 minutes a day). I do not demand perfection from my students, but I do expect students to put in the effort to learn. I truly want to teach students to play music and I want to encourage students to find joy in making music.
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