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Completed coursework toward Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cello Performance
2008-2011 - Performed with Minot Symphony Orchestra under direction of Maestro Dennis Simons 2009 - MTNA Competition Winner for State Level North Dakota 2012 - Attended High Peaks Festival for Outstanding Young Instrumentalists 2013 - Performed with Portland Cello Project at Minot State University's NOTSTOCK Festival 2017 - Released an Extended Play Album with popular Minneapolis group Red Eye Ruby
In addition to teaching private lessons, I also maintain a career as a freelance cellist. I studied under the tutelage of Dr. Erik Anderson from 2006-2011 while performing in symphonies, jazz combos, and rock bands. During my time as his student I was encouraged to explore as many different avenues to music as possible. Through my experience in a wide variety of genres, I have been fortunate to travel and meet fantastic musicians from all around the country. I enjoy allowing my students to cultivate a passion for a variety of musical styles.
I began teaching students in 2008. I love helping musicians of all levels to realize their potential and develop their passion into a craft they can enjoy for a lifetime. In addition to a regular practice schedule and technical study, I encourage my students to do as much listening and reflecting on musical compositions and performances as they can. I feel that listening to music thoughtfully is equally important when it comes to learning an instrument. It is my goal with every student to not just develop a passion for playing, but a passion for the language and art of music.
I work with a variety of method books, depending on age and skill level. With young string players I enjoy the Suzuki Method as well as Hal Leonard's Essential Elements and Sally O'Reilly's String Rhythms. For piano students I use Alfred's Basic Piano Library. For all students I assign a weekly musical reflection. Students are asked to listen to one piece of music per week and reflect on it with a 3-5 sentence paragraph. I feel that listening helps develop appreciation, which is essential for staying motivated with a practice schedule.
I would describe my teaching style as very flexible. Because of my personal interest in variety, I like to customize my lessons to the individual goals of each student. Everyone is different and has their own pace at which they learn. Whether you are looking to play Beethoven or Metallica, music lessons are advantageous to performing to your fullest potential. I believe in a world where music is unlimited and every student is capable of reaching his or her goals no matter what they may be. Practicing is hardly work at all when you love what you're doing.
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