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Instruments: Piano, Organ
Styles: Classical, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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Andrew S In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Organ
Styles: Classical, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, University of North Texas, Organ Performance BM, Lamar University, Music Education

Awards:

 Robert M. Estes Organ Scholarship at University of North Texas. (2016-2018)  Justine Boozman Beattie Scholarship at University of North Texas. (2013-2015)  Choir Scholarship and Eber Ephlin Scholarship at Lamar University. (2007-2012)  Dean’s List and President’s List at Lamar University. (2007-2012)  Honor’s Recital in piano at Lamar University. (2010)  Honorable Mention in National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. (2008)  Accompanied Lamar University Grand Chorus under a choir scholarship. (2008-2009)

Overview:

I am a recent graduate from the University of North Texas where I obtained a masters degree in organ performance. I am currently a church organist and have been playing the organ since the age of 16 and piano since the age of 12. I have had many performance opportunities both as a pianist and as an organist performing as a soloist and as a collaborator. I have a BM in music education and have had experience teaching students of all ages in voice, piano, and organ. In my experience, it has been a great joy guiding students along their musical journey and helping them discover their individuality through music.

EXPERIENCE

My experience with teaching began during my undergraduate studies. I have worked with students in the classroom teaching elementary music as well as at the middle school and high school level teaching choir. In addition, I have taught my closest friends in piano and organ. While I was the staff accompanist at a high school, I taught the treble choir and gave piano and voice lessons during off-periods. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching, especially when I see that students are inspired by music and are willing to take on the task of mastering their craft.

METHODS USED

Piano: I enjoy the Alfred books as they explore the fundamentals of piano playing and provide tips for good habits. After having a good foundation for the fundamentals, I will move on to the Hanon book which explores technical exercises, scales, and arpeggios. Students will learn repertoire that will range from contemporary genres to classical genres.

Organ: A piano background would be preferred. I like to start with the Davidson book and use Gleason for mastering the pedals. Joyce Jones also has a book that is good for studying pedals.

Music theory: I use books that line up with the curriculum used by TMTA (Texas Music Teachers Association) for their music theory exams.

LESSON STYLE

My main goal in teaching is to bring out the best in my students. I make sure to take into account each student’s learning style and to go at their pace. My wish is to give students the tools that they need to succeed and then to allow them the freedom to fly with that. The main concept that is essential to growth in art is practice. Students will need to understand the importance of practicing regularly in order to nurture the art and develop as a musician and person. I encourage my students to find their talents wherever they may be and take up opportunities that can lead them to their path.

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