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Magna Cum Laude
Pins Grant Scholarship
Distinction in Major
I am a passionate instructor who believes that learning to speak this universal language is one of the best ways to bring communities and people together. I graduated from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver June of 2019 and have been teaching privately for the past two years. Aside from teaching I perform at local venues around Denver with bands of all different genres. I also organize events involving live music, art, and food to promote Denver's local artists and raise awareness for Orpheus Music + Arts Festival: a project I started last year and plan to keep cultivating.
I started teaching two years ago at a private lesson studio in Denver called My Music Skool. My main focus was on piano and saxophone. Now I teach privately as a freelance musician. Two points I emphasize when teaching are practicing at least once a day no matter how long you play and learning what inspires you. There will always be some sort of theory I sneak in whether it's learning scales or building technical skills that will build confidence and ability, but if these devices aren't being applied to the type of music that inspires the student, then learning music becomes discouraging instead of fun. Whatever style or difficulty, I will be there to guide them through the difficult areas. I also enjoy using composition as a teaching method. Gaining the confidence to express yourself in this way at the beginning of your journey allows the student to tap into their creative side. It also opens up the mind to knew ways of thinking and processing information in a visual manner.
My methods differ for each instrument. For piano I will start with Alfred's basic piano course if the student is a beginner. It helps students visualize the basic techniques for sitting and playing the piano in a way that will prevent injury. From there we walk through the book until the student understands how the keys and reading music works. After this, I start to assign different songs and/or assignments that match the student's learning style and interest in music.
For wind instruments, I find it to be a more specialized process because it is very physical and depends on the students natural ability and strength. I start off with different breathing exercises and tone exercises. When creating sound becomes somewhat second nature I incorporate scales and technique with learning simple songs: blues melodies, latin, standards, and more.
My teaching style is fairly easy going. I don't force unrealistic expectations on students because everyone is learning music for a different reason. I like to figure out what their reason is and progress accordingly. If it's a young student looking to continue music throughout their school career, I will make sure they learn how to read sufficiently and I will make sure they know how to play with peers by performing with the student as an accompanist. If it is someone who just wants to sit down and read through charts and old time songs after work, then we will focus on making the student sufficient at that skill. I'm about the journey as much as the student is.
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