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Bachelor Degree: Colorado State University
Teaching Certificate: Colorado State University
Course Work: Colorado State University
Principal Violist of the Parker Symphony Orchestra
Certification in teaching private lessons
I am a professional musician and teacher. I graduated from CSU in 2014 and received my degree in music education, certification in private lessons, and certification in composition. Since graduating CSU I've performed as the Principal Violist of the Parker Symphony for 4 years, been an active member of a string quartet, played in multiple bands, and have also played with members of the band Devotchka. I am well versed in classical music, rock music, jazz, and bluegrass, and have taught students from ages 5 to 60. I have had a lifelong love of music, and I'm dedicated to sharing my passion for music with as many people as possible!
I have been teaching privately for over 8 years, and taught middle school band and orchestra professionally for the past 5. I've taught students from very beginning to those auditioning for orchestras, and currently have a student in the Denver Philharmonic. I have an in depth knowledge of almost every aspect of music including composition, electronic music production, the physics of sound, music history, chamber music, and even knowledge of the rock world. I always find a way to keep lessons interesting, fast paced, and fun - without it being fun, why would we be playing music! I love encouraging others and seeing students grow and develop.
My main focus with string instruments is sound development - how to use the bow properly and get a beautiful sound from the instrument first and foremost. I typically use Sound Innovations for Strings for beginning students, and start supplementing with different repertoire as we get further into lessons. For beginning students, we start with a proper hold, left hand set up, and only after that do we get to using the bow so we can focus on getting the best sound possible out of the instrument. I guide my instruction based on what a student is interested in to keep lessons engaging and fun, and so they have fun when practicing!
The best thing I can give any student from a lesson is a love of music, and a desire to keep improving. I focus my energy on the positive aspects of a students playing while offering feedback to improve their playing abilities even more, while providing a bag of tools for continuous improvement they can use their entire life. In the start of lessons, with any student, we focus on how to pull a beautiful sound from the instrument, and then start working on the more technical details. What fun is it to play something really technical, but without a beautiful sound? Finding interests that excite students about playing is one of my main goals, and it creates excitement and momentum for my students to progress faster and achieve the results they set out for.
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