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Bachelor Degree: University of Miami
Teaching Certificate: NYS Music K-12
I am a passionate and dedicated instructor who only wants my students to feel successful when making music. I graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education/Jazz Vocal Performance. I have had opportunities to perform with Latin Artists like Juanes and perform at Carnegie Hall. I was the only freshmen selected in the top University of Miami Chorale and I have also performed with professional a cappella groups in NYC where I have arranged music and done vocal percussion.
I have taught elementary, middle, and high school music and have enjoyed each experience. I was teaching chorus, class keyboard, music theory, music appreciation, and modern band ensemble. I always want for my students to feel successful which is why I not only encourage their practicing but provide specific details on what they need to practice so they feel the most successful and know exactly what they need to practice. I love also having opportunities for students to compose and improvise as I feel student creativity is important to keep students engaged. I try to tailor my lessons to what the student needs and desires which can be classical music all the way to pop and rock music. I always try to be encouraging during my lessons and just try to have fun during our lessons.
When it comes to teaching piano I use the faber method. I like the combination of theory, ear training, and sight-reading that it offers as those are fundamental skills to be a good musician. If they are able to successfully complete those books, I go into solo repertoire and work on fingering techniques as well as reading music off a lead sheet as you never know when you want to play something and the sheet music is not available.
On guitar I use the Hal Leonard method and then move into learning blues scales and pentatonic scales for soloing and then move into repertoire they are interested in.
On drums, I will teach them rudiments to use when playing as well as play different drum charts to songs they enjoy.
With voice, I will go through standard warm-ups and then find repertoire that the students are generally interested in whether it is classical, jazz, musical theater, etc. Overall, I just want my students to be engaged and to have fun.
I see teaching that each student will be different and learn at different rates. Having work with all levels of students, I understand that and recognize that I want to tailor my lessons to the students needs so they can be most successful. This could mean that a learner could be more visual or more auditory etc. I would want to set realistic expectations for the students and keep motivating them to do the best they can. Positive feedback goes a long way and can keep encouraging the students to reach their goals. I want to find what motivates the students the most, and use that to my advantage so they can have an enjoyable music experience.
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