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Bachelor Degree: Heidelberg University
My name is Cedric and I am a dedication and passionate music instructor. I received my Bachelor's in Music Education from Heidelberg University in 2017. I believe everyone has a right to music education despite the age and therefore I offer music theory and violin lessons to a variety of ages. Music has been long proven to improve many people’s lives both emotionally and cognitively! Music has been a vital part of my life and I want to share that experience. I have been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have fallen in love with the craft and I’m excited to continue!
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 6 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students for the last 5 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the violin and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals (school-affiliates), as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
I like to provide a variety of methods for instruction. This includes three different forms of learning, Visual, Aural, and Kinesthetic. This is especially true for younger ages. It’s important for me to engage all of the student’s senses while teaching since it is essential to play.
Use technique and repertoire as a source of learning. I like to start students out with Essential Elements 2000 Vol. 1. This method book is a means of learning technique and introduces smaller glimpses of repertoire. Eventually the book is replaced with performance repertoire.
Use a variety of assessment strategies
Anecdotal Evidence (Observe technical aspects while the student plays),
Guided Questions to make the student feel confident and comfortable with content they might not understand.
Playing Tests help me understand if students are able to retain information about technique or repertoire.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I acknowledge and celebrate that every student is different!
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