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High school diploma, just graduated with undergraduate degree in Music Performance at the University of North Texas
Played in UNT's Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony (Doppler's Andante and Rondo) 2020
Member of the University of North Texas Wind Orchestra 2019
Member of the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, 2017-19
Participant in the International Lyric Academy Summer Opera and Orchestra in Italy,2017-18
Former member of the Houston Youth Symphony and Bay Area Youth Symphony Marching band went to All-State, 2015
All-Region Orchestra, 2015
I'm very individual and will pin point exactly where improvement must be made and also congratulate when my students reach a goal. I have a deep passion for music and its very enjoyable share that appreciation with my students. I will graduate from UNT with a degree in Flute Performance and have plans on going to grad school for Flute Performance as well. Being apart of extra-curricular music activities has helped me grow as a musician because now I have a higher standard of excellence my not only myself, but for my peers and students.
I love being able to teach young minds and teach elders some new tricks. Relaxed posture and a fast, focused air stream are two things I emphasize because they are vital to playing the flute correctly. I've also seen growth in my own playing as well as in peers when they record themselves practicing and listen back for things they can improve on. Being in ensembles for chamber music, orchestra, and wind band have opened my ears to hearing music from different perspectives, so I encourage extra-curricular band programs for my students!
I'll usually start with Trevor Wye's Practice Book or Taffenel and Gaubert, since those staples in flute fundamentals and cover a wide range. The pace of the lesson depends on the student, if he/she/they tells me what they want to work on together is great, but just coming to me with a piece and asking me to comment or letting me help you with your scales is also a great way to go. Depending on the level of the student and the frequency of our lessons, I may suggest an etude book like Mary Karen Clardy's Flute Etudes No. 1 or scalar studies like Reichert's Seven Daily Exercises. I'm also avaliable to listen and comment on All-Region etudes and band music, so there isn't just one method to a lesson.
I love having a conversation with my students. I make sure they understand what they want to convey with their music. Teaching music is also teaching what's behind the music and what is put into it. I ask questions and expect answers. Encouraging teachers have always helped me the best so encouraging my students to work hard and make the best sounds they can make all the time is what I love doing. Everyone wants to play beautiful sounds. I give assignments, and expect them to have improved in the next lesson.
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