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Jairy C. Hunter Jr. Scholar - 2016-2020
Hello! My name is Cecilia S.. I am a soon-to-be music therapist who has a love for creating individualized music experiences for my students. This year, I will be completing my Bachelor's degree in music therapy and will take my board exam to become a board-certified music therapist! In the meantime, I am enjoying doing music therapy in my internship and teaching music lessons. I have taught students of all ages, but I have a particular interest in early childhood music and adaptive lessons. I love working with all different people and creating goals and a plan that works for you!
I have been teaching private lessons for about 2 years, both for a company and privately. These lessons include beginner piano, voice, and violin. In my music therapy internship I have also had the experience of teaching adaptive piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons. Finally, while I am not yet board certified and cannot offer music therapy until next school year, I have over 1,000 hours of music therapy clinical experience in which I use musical activities to help clients achieve non-musical goals in the areas of cognition, emotion, physical abilities, communication, social skills and academics.
For beginner piano students, I have found the Faber Piano Adventures books to be quite successful. For other lessons, I try to tailor them to each student and find materials that fit with their unique music goals. I have drawn from a variety of music resources, as well as my own knowledge, to help students learn through their own unique way of thinking. I believe it is important to build off of the skills that students already have, and to find ways to support them as they grow in other areas. My choice in curriculum is reflective of that philosophy.
My experience in the music therapy field as well as my personal experience being homeschooled when I was young has led me to hold the philosophy that every student succeeds most in an individualized environment. For that reason, I first learn about the student: their interests, their strengths, their struggles, and the way that they see the world. From there, I design goals that are personal to them, and design a curriculum that works for their learning style. I want every student to be successful, and I believe that meeting them where they are is the best place to start!
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