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Currently attaining a BME, University of Michigan-Flint, Piano
Gerret Ebmeyer Scholarship - Trumpet performance. Charles Brownwell Scholarship - Piano performance. FSPA Merit Scholarship - Piano performance. Louis Armstrong Award - Jazz piano performance. Donn Wyant Music Scholarship - Jazz performance and composition.
I am a pianist, composer, and pre-service Music Educator from Flint, MI. I have played piano and trumpet for 11 years, and am currently in my senior year of getting my BME from The University of Michigan-Flint. Piano, composition, and teaching are my passions, and I have performed extensively throughout the mid-Michigan area, including on the Whiting stage, as a live musician for Michigan Radio's Stateside, as well as conducting several of my own compositions with various ensembles at the Flint School of Performing Arts.
I have been privately teaching piano, trumpet, and guitar lessons since 2013. Since 2016, I have consistently been hired as a substitute teacher for various classes at the Flint School of Performing Arts, including but not limited to Young Musicians Classes, Little Mozart Classes, and Piano Classes. I am also the former Vice President and acting President of the University of Michigan-Flint’s National Association for Music Educators Collegiate association, as well as the former Social Media chair for the State of Michigan’s National Association for Music Educators Collegiate association. Additionally, I have been the Music Theory and Aural Harmony tutor for music classes offered at the University of Michigan-Flint since September of 2016. Through these experiences I have developed an innate passion for the art of teaching, and cannot wait to continue motivating and inspiring students to be the best musicians that they can be!
For young students just beginning, I use a system of "music play" which includes games and engaging activities for the child to become interested in music. I borrow heavily from both Music Learning Theory and the Orff Method, as well as include games and ideas that I have found to be creative and educational. After this stage of learning, I start students on basic notation and sight reading, and learning what the notes on the page mean. I insist on great technique from the beginning, to ensure the ease of learning at higher levels. Next, my students move into the theory and aural skills aspect. This concept of sound-before-sight-before-theory mirrors how we learn language, and is a great tool for learning music in a meaningful and natural way.
My teaching style is very process oriented. Goals are set, but are the natural outgrowth of well developed plans and consistent effort. I strive to inspire my students with the passion for playing and the act of making music, rather than the goals of perfection or winning a competition. Personally, music has always been a way for me to understand and enrich my life in more meaningful ways than I ever could have imagined. I strive to give my students the same experiences that my teachers gave me to inspire them to become life long music lovers.
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