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Master Degree: University of Michigan - Trumpet Performance
Master Degree: University of Michigan - Chamber Music
Doctoral Degree: University of Michigan - in progress, May 2020 graduation
Bachelor Degree: Baldwin Wallace University - Trumpet Performance/Jazz
Graduate Student Instructor, Trumpet - University of Michigan (2016-present)
Michigan Youth Ensembles Mentor – Trumpet, University of Michigan, 2015 - present
MPulse Trumpet Institute Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, Summer 2017
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, substitute trumpet (2016-present)
University of Michigan Faculty Brass Quintet, second trumpet (2015-present)
I'm a professional musician and teacher who loves playing and teaching equally. I'm currently a Doctoral student in trumpet at the University of Michigan. I'm also currently the graduate student instructor in trumpet and brass quintet coach. As an active freelance musician in Ann Arbor I play with both University Ensembles and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. I also frequently perform in the solo and chamber setting, either with students from Michigan or with my all-female mixed chamber ensemble Girlnoise.
I started teaching private lessons back in 2013 when I first got to Michigan at a masters student and I haven't stopped since. I've taught students with a variety of backgrounds and music programs, ranging from Community High School, Pioneer High School, St. Thomas, and Tappan. I also teach non-majors at the University of Michigan who have ranged in age from freshman to doctoral students. I currently have a small studio who range in experience from beginning to advanced. Accomplishments of my students include acceptance to the University of Michigan Trumpet Studio and winning the Campus Orchestras Concerto Competition.
For students of all ages I use a combination of the student's own personal experience with music along with trumpet specific brass pedagogy to achieve the student's goals. One of the first discussions we have is what kind of music the student likes/dislikes, what kinds of music they've performed and/or studied, and what their individual goals are as a musician. From there we collaborate to tailor a custom plan for the student; parts of this plan include a warm up routine and practice schedule, short term and long term goals, and playing and listening assignments.
Because of how unique and diverse a student's goals, needs, and experience are my teaching style varies greatly between student to student. The work they typically do is a combination of working on fundamentals, etudes, solo repertoire, sight reading, basic music theory, listening skills, improvising, and composition. Through engaging with music from these different ways of thinking and processing information students gain perspectives from various different sources, making practice efficient and effective and performing fun.
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