BM, Liberty University, Music: Keyboard Emphasis MM, Westminster Choir College, Vocal Performance (In progress)
I love teaching students of all ages. I believe everyone should have some form of musical outlet in their lives. My philosophy of teaching is that of a comprehensive understanding of music as an art and a science. My students don't simply learn to navigate their instrument. They learn theory and musicianship as well, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the craft and the communicative abilities of their instrument. I received my Bachelors degree from Liberty University in 2012. Since then I have worked as a church choir director, music teacher, and and artistic administrator. I am currently working toward my Masters degree in Vocal Performance at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
While in college I had three piano students for two years each, all at the beginning level. For the past two years, up until moving to New Jersey for school this fall, I had four regular vocal students, also at a beginning level. While living in Roanoke, Virginia, I worked as a substitute teacher, and subbed for a number of music classes over the course of a semester.
For beginning piano students I like to use The Music Tree. I introduce late beginning and early intermediate repetoire from the classical canon as soon as students are ready. For beginning Vocal students I use Vaccai and Concone. I like to start repetoire work with folk songs, and later move to the 24 Italian Songs and Arias.
I believe in positive reinforcement as often as possible. Music is a very personal experience, and a music lesson is often a very vulnerable emotional experience. However, I do not tolerate a lack of work ethic. Each student is assessed based on his or her own abilities, but if it is clear that a student is not putting in the necessary practice I will not hesitate to express my disappointment and address the issue. I personalize all my lessons, and will never ask a student to attempt anything if I am not positive they are capable. Music is hard work, but it should always be an enjoyable task, so I will always make sure my students are still enjoying their musical experience.
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