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Master Degree: Appalachian State University
Bachelor Degree: Morehead State University
Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
William Adam 2017 International Trumpet Festival, Prelude Ensemble, Norman, OK
International Trumpet Guild 2017 Conference, Prelude Ensemble, Hershey, PA
National Trumpet Competition Semi-Finalist, Large Ensemble Division
A. Frank and Bethel C. Gallaher Memorial Solo Competition Semi-Finalist
Arias is both an avid performer and educator of the trumpet and piano. She is currently a member of the Brass Band of Appalachia based out of Bristol, VA and an active freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area. She recently performed at the William Adam International Trumpet Festival; the International Trumpet Guild Conference; and was featured as a soloist with the Appalachian State University Concert Band.
A native of West Union, Ohio, Arias grew up on a farm in the Ohio Valley where she spent her days either playing the trumpet for her adoring audience (her animals) or out adventuring on the farm with her horses, goats, dogs, and cats. When not playing the trumpet, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, reading, and adventuring. Arias completed her undergraduate studies in music education at Morehead State University where she studied with Mr. Greg Wing; and recently completed her graduate studies in music performance at Appalachian State University where she studied with Dr. James Stokes.
Arias maintains a roster of trumpet and piano students through both her personal studio and the Monroeville Music Lesson Center. She serves as the trumpet coach for the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and is the trumpet instructor for the Norwin High School Marching Band. During her graduate studies, she served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. James Stokes at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University and was previously the trumpet teacher for George Rogers Clarke High School in Winchester, KY; a counselor for the Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy; and an instructor for the West Union Performing Arts Camp. As a private lesson teacher, she has worked with trumpet students in the southern Ohio, central Kentucky, and western North Carolina areas. These students include a semi-finalist in the junior solo division at the National Trumpet Competition and several students that are now pursuing music as a career.
For beginning piano students, Arias typically starts with John Thompson's piano methods books one through four with a focus on musical expression, literacy, and building a foundation of good technique. For beginning trumpet students, Arias typically uses Hal Leonards, Essential Elements Method. Depending on the student's progression and pedagogical needs, Arias next typically moves to an individually prescribed combination of Schlossberg, Clark, and Arban excersises combined with solo literature and/or etudes.
Lessons with Arias are always tailored to the individual student and that student's needs in order to facilitate maximum growth as a trumpet player and musician. Arias believes in an individualized approach, meeting the student where he/she is and moving forward through the developmental process, beginning with a strong base of fundamentals and an ever-present focus on musicality, expression, and exploration as an artist. Arias works to foster a positive learning environment where the student can learn and develop a positive self-image and confidence, while also being pushed to achieve their maximum potential as a musician and person.
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