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BM, University of Delaware, Music Education (Concentration in Flute) BM, University of Delaware, Music Composition MM, Hartt School of Music, Music Composition (In Progress)
I am an extremely passionate artist and looking to pass along the love I have for music onto willing students. I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with two degrees, a Bachlor of Music in Music Education and a BM in Music Composition. I am currently attending the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, where I am pursuing a Masters in Music Composition. I am a very active young composer and have had my music performed at many places along the east coast. As a performer, I currently focus on chamber jazz, playing flute, sax and bass, but also have lots of experience performing recitals of more classical style music in recitals on the flute.
I have been teaching music since I attended high school and have continued to do so for the past 6 years. Improvisation and expression are key points I like to emphasize in all my students, as anyone can sit down and practice scales until their fingers fall off, but being able to express yourself through a musical instrument takes dedicated work and direction. My students are made to create as much as they are made to perform, as understanding how music works and the theory behind it is achievable regardless of level or age. However, first and foremost lessons with me are meant to be fun and I try to create a safe enviornment to both succeed and fail. I have had the most experience playing and teaching the flute, but I am also capable in teaching the saxophone, clarinet, bass and piano. I'm always looking to bring on new students of any age or level!
For novice students, I will most likely start with a method book such as one from the Essential Element's series. However, I will typically move students through the method book quickly and get right into performance repertoire that is appropriate for their age and level. Composing your own pieces and learning to improvise are extremely important in my method of teaching so I will also start teaching students how to write their own music as soon as possible. I will also write exercises and pieces for students frequently, as learning to work with a composer and convey music critiques properly is an important part of becoming a musician. All of my students will learn some classical pieces, some modern works and some jazz, but their individual focus will depend on what the student is most interested in.
Personal success and happiness from playing music are the most important things for a student to achieve when taking lessons from me. I will work students hard in lessons, but treat them fairly and expect only what I know they are capable of achieving. I may differ slightly from other teachers in that when it comes to outside practice requirements, as I will teach to he amount of effort the student shows me. I will give students goals to achieve by the next lesson, but it is up to the student to follow through in achieving those goals. I want students who are eager to put the work in, as I will put in all the effort required to make them better musicians.
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