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Bachelors of Arts, South Carolina State University, Music Education
-2009- Louis Armstrong Award -2010, 2012, 2016- Performed with the South Carolina State University Marching 101 Band at the Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, Georgia -Trombone Section Leader in High School for 4 Years and in College for 3 Years
I am a passionate, self-motivated, energetic music instructor who loves work with students and sharing my love of music. In 2016, I graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Industry and minored in Music Education. Within those studies, my primary instrument of focus was the trombone, however, along the way, I picked up and worked on different types of instruments, such as the flute, all of the low brass, piano, and my vocal ability. I enjoy playing instruments and it is truly my "happy place". I have had the opportunity to play in many ensembles which played many different genres of music.
My teaching experience goes back to my high school days, where I began to teach private lessons part time ten years ago. Since then, I have been consistently been teaching students in private studios. I encourage regular practice on a consistent schedule and motivate my students on a daily basis. I also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoying playing instruments. My students are always encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as composing their own original material, so that they can work towards positive goals, stay motivated to learn, and conquer their goals. I am always looking to bring out the best in my students.
For beginning students both children and adults, I typically start with Bruce Pearson's Standard of Excellence books. Once my younger students have progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I begin to introduce solo repertoire that is appropriate for their first recital performance. Once the adults have progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I try to find out what the student is interested in and guide my instruction towards that interest, all while keeping the lessons engaging and fun.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music. It is so important that each individual student progresses at his or her own ace. I encourage this progress by setting realistic and clear goals for my students at each lesson. When I acknowledge their accomplishments, it helps to fuel the desire to learn of the student and makes them eager to learn more. Once I find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction towards the wants and needs of my students.
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