Bachelor'of Music Education- Morehead State University, Oklahoma certified educator, Pennsylvania certified educator (pending)
2015- Army Accommodation Award 2014- Graduated Cum Laude , 2010- Performed as first chair flautist in the Tri-state Honor Band
Hello friends! I am an upbeat, certified music teacher who truly believes that teachers can make a difference in people's lives. My responsibility as a music educator is to get every student to the point that they themselves can feel and understand the music. I know music has much more to offer than just academic benefits, so I make it a point to use every moment as an opportunity to learn something new! My main instrument is the flute, which I have been playing for twelve years now, but I also am a vocalist and play most instruments in the woodwind family.--I graduated from Morehead State University in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Music Education and have been teaching ever since. I am a vocalist and flautist in the Army National Guard Band and have performed in a multitude of venues. I am somewhat new to the city of Erie but am slowly learning about all of the little wonders Erie has to offer! My studio is located in Albion, but I work in Erie so I am willing to drive anywhere in between. I look forward to meeting you soon!--Warm Wishes,-Ariel
I began teaching flute lessons when I was a senior in high school. Though these lessons were not true lessons, they helped me grow into the teacher that I now am today. I began to realize my love for teaching music when I would volunteer to assist my band director with the younger students. Once I got into college, I taught woodwind lessons to local students near my college. I also assisted my colleagues on the woodwind instruments. --Since I graduated from Morehead State University in 2014, I began my career as a elementary music teacher in Oklahoma. When I realized that I wanted to be closer to my family, I moved here to Erie Pennsylvania and began teaching at a Montessori.
I believe music is much more than something that is taught; it is its own language. Though methods of composition vary, it evokes strong emotions in listeners across the world. Music has so much more to teach us than just how to read and play the notes. It can actually help build individuality. I will teach students more than just how to play instruments and sing. They will learn that attitude and discipline play a part in being a good musician, and good musicianship will teach them to understand that hard work does pay off. --My philosophy as a music educator is really not about me and how I will teach; it is all about the students. I am just a guide in the process of their musical and characteristic developments. Because of this, I like to create custom lesson plans based on the student's needs. I believe it is important to know what the student wants to accomplish. If the student would like a more traditional style lesson, I have a variety of method books that I like to use.--Below are some examples of methods that I like for the flute:--Beginners: Essential Elements (I have found that this series is just one of the best out there for young musicians that are just getting started!) I would also add in short solo pieces to develop tone.--Intermediate: Mel Bay The Flutist's Companion with additional work on duets, rhythm worksheets, and solo and ensemble preparation.--Advanced: Trevor Wye Practice Books Omnibus Edition with work in sight reading, orchestral excerpts, solo pieces, duets, and ensemble practice.
My teaching style is completely student centered. I think for a student to be the most successful, they have to have a say in what they want to learn. If the student explains to me what goals they want to reach, I can guide them to obtaining those goals. By motivating my students to be the best that they can be, they will know that I believe in them. Once they know this, they begin to believe in themselves. My main goal is to get my students to be the best musicians they can be, while also developing character. As they are doing this, I want them to have fun! Creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere is of utmost importance. I will assure that each student leaves with something more than just musical knowledge.