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Graduate Degree: Duke
Hi! I'm a graduate student at Duke university. While my studies do not pertain to music, I have kept up a study of music and music instruction with guitar and piano since I was 6 years old. That comes out to 19 years of music! I love it and want it to be a consistent part in my life. I'm no master but I am able to teach to students needs and interests. For me, musical education doesn't go half as well if it's not a style or song I'm interested in learning or passionate about. Once that inspiration is discovered, the practicing and drive to learn comes naturally.
My teaching experience dates back to my years as a kid, as I began taking private lessons part time 19 years ago. Part of that education included teaching fellow students, starting at age 16. I have learned from a variety of masters in private lessons and have delved into a variety of styles with each for both piano and guitar. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize. I've also found that a combination of theory, history, and music that the student is specifically passionate about. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire. This will come from the student specifically and we will find songs and styles the student wants to learn. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level. It's never too late.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Practice is where the magic happens. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs..
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