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BA, East Tennessee State University, Music BS, East Tennessee State University, Chemistry PharmD, East Tennessee State University, Doctor of Pharmacy
2011- East Tennessee State University Music Performance Scholarship 2012-2014- Principal Flutist in the East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble 2013-Present- Principal Flutist in Encore Theatrical Company Pit Orchestra 2018- Signed with Melody Shack Entertainment
I'm an experienced and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my passion for music. In 2014, I graduated from East Tennessee State University with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Since college, I continue to teach and play music. I actively perform on a regular basis as a solo artist, as well as in several bands in the area. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play in various ensembles of diverse genres, including Classical, Celtic, Jazz, Rock, and Ska.
My teaching experience dates back to my undergraduate career, as I began teaching private lessons in 2012 and have been consistently teaching students in various settings since. In addition to my private studio, I am the flute instructor for several marching bands in the Tri-Cities area. Encouraging consistent, scheduled practice with predetermined goals is one of the essential points I emphasize with each student, and i have seen it foster student progress and passion for the instrument. I have also found that implementing a combination of musical genres can go a long way in helping students enjoy playing the flute and motivate them to continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job right!
I make it a point to individualize my lesson plans for each student and cater to their unique needs. As a general starting place, however, I typically start with Trevor Wye's Beginner's Book for the Flute: Part 1 for my novice students. Additionally, I introduce the 12 major scales and arpeggios- which we continue to study and build on throughout our lessons. As the student progresses and has a firm grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their level of playing. I always try to find out what each student is interested in, so as to guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun regardless of ability level.
As a teacher, nothing brings me more joy than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music. I aim to promote this by setting realistic goals for every individual student at each lesson. We move according to each student's unique pace so as to facilitate a positive and productive learning experience. I make it a point to acknowledge and praise accomplishments, which helps to incite a student's desire to advance further and learn more. It is crucial for me to find out what inspires a student, so that I can successfully adapt my instruction to their wants and needs.
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