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AA, University of Kentucky BA, University of West Florida
I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I have played piano/keyboard and clarinet my entire life. In 2014, I helped lead my marching band to the semi finals. I have had the opportunity to play at the Christian Asbury University’s Akers Auditorium, as well as the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington, Kentucky. Performing in front of large audiences has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician.
My teaching experience dates back to just a few years, as I had surpassed my own instructor, and I have consistently been teaching in others’ homes since then. Near the end of my schooling, my instructors started to realize that they couldn’t teach me much more, and suggested I go out on my own and start teaching kids what I know. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for students, as it teaches discipline and a greater understanding of what they’re doing. Another helpful thing I’ve found is that I like to have students play whatever they want to play. I can provide easy, basic music books for children of younger ages for structure, but as a child gets older, playing what he/she actually wants to play is a key piece in helping the child love to play, instead of forcing them to stuck with something they don’t love just because it’s a good thing to do.
For beginning students who are children, I like to start off with teaching the right way to sit at a piano. Correct posture and hand placement are very important so they don’t begin to have bad habits. As most children tend to have shorter attention spans, I recommend starting with shorter lessons, more frequently throughout the week or over the course of a couple weeks. After the first intro lesson, I like to keep children having fun by providing them with music they might already know. For example, modern Disney showtunes like Frozen or musical nursery rhymes. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for any recitals or competitions they may have coming up. For older children into adults, I like to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it’s important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by helping to set goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student’s 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. If a student wants to play something out of their ability level, I work hard to help the student learn the piece, however long it may take.
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