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High School Diploma: Key West High School Summer
College Program: Berklee College of Music 5-Week Summer Performance Program (2015)
Recent college graduate with degree, B.A. in Applied Linguistics and private music lesson education from the University of South Florida. Private lessons: Taking advanced level jazz voice and jazz trumpet lessons since September 2019.
2013 -Take Stock In Children (TSIC) Scholar
2015 -City Music Scholarship acceptance to attend the prestigious Berklee College Of Music’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program
2016 -”Best Brass Musician”- Key West High School Band
2018- Formally invited and initiated into Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women.
I am a young freelance musician that has grown up in the Florida Keys with an immense passion and background in fine arts. I am currently seeking to pursue music professionally along with a linguistics to find the best and most efficient way to run private instruction along with my performance endeavors for ensured success. My experience in studying language has helped me and other students immensely with learning to sing in other languages in the choral realm. I have performed and studied in multiple cities and institutions in Florida and Boston, and am currently enrolled in multiple performing ensembles at my university in classical and jazz music. I began my musical journey at 5 years of age with the piano, and since then I have picked up a few brass instruments and classical/jazz singing. It with great desire that I seek to share my knowledge with others as I continue to grow and learn new things about myself and my field.
My teaching experience dates back to 2014, when I began teaching private piano lessons at a non-profit organization in Key West, Florida. This was what I looked forward to every week at the time and have learned so much about what it means to be a mentor and teacher on top of being a performer. At this location, I have worked with up to 20 students that were enrolled in free music education, as it may have not been available to them privately at an affordable cost. These local children reminded me of myself when I was younger and strived to study music with a financially-difficult background. Helping these kids really was the highlight of my day as I could see how music has helped them grow. I will always feel grateful and excited to give back to my communities through what I do. After moving for college, I have continued to teach and tutor students and expanding these lessons to include more subjects such as songwriting, music theory, and music business.
My general philosophy in music teaching is to ensure that the student, regardless of background and ability, learns something from music aside from performance skills. Nothing excites me more than to see that a student feels happy from learning something new or overcoming a challenge. However, I also aim to build a positive relationship with students by seeking new ways to keep the lessons fun and to ensure that they are satisfied with the music they are learning, etc. It is also important that I get an understanding of the students' endeavors with music and other interests to consider the time they can put towards practice, as well as what needs to be done so that they reach their goals in a timely manner, such as preparing for recitals.
For beginning level students of any age, I will begin lessons by going over basic fundamentals of sheet music reading (notation, connecting the instrument to the literature) and music theory that will aid them in accomplishing homework tasks independently.
For experienced students, I will ask the student to demonstrate knowledge and playing to their best ability to obtain a better understanding of where to continue their studies. I will also ask all students what kind of music they are already studying and what else they would like to pick up from there (studying classical contemporary for school band with an interest in starting jazz music, etc.) I will always consider the students age and playing level to appropriately create lesson plans that will ensure growth over time. It is important to me that my students leave their lesson with their concerns addressed, questions answered, and new knowledge and skills in an engaging manner.
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