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Associate Degree: Austin Community College
Piano has been a constant in my life. As a kid, I took piano lessons all through elementary and middle school. Competing in piano competitions and performing recitals were a huge part of my childhood. From there, I was able to use my music theory knowledge in learning other instruments such as; flute and guitar. I have been composing songs on guitar and free playing piano for over a decade. Being able to jam and collaborate with other musicians is something I find important in being a musician.
From working in childcare for over 15 years to being a Montessori pre-school teacher to training adults in different job fields I can teach all age ranges of people. Teaching is something that comes natural to me. Sharing the experience of learning a new skill to mastering it, is very rewarding to me. I enjoy motivating and making a hobby or passion fun and fulfilling for an individual to experience. I am accepting of all and everyone as long as they have a passion for piano and learning the foundations of it!
I enjoy creating customized lesson plans for each individuals' needs. Matching students' goals with the tools needed to get them there is very important to me. Foundations of hand form, rhythm and music theory are skills that must be mastered primarily. From there, teaching how to sightread music and practice techniques will be taught. Then mastering a song and learning how to dynamically play piano with expression will be learned. Goal setting sheets will be made to track progress. Milestones will be set to meet in order to show achievements.
Since I specialize in teaching first time learners, I allow as much time needed to master fundamentals before advancement to anything else. It is key to build a strong foundation, this upholds most importance to me. Setting realistic goals for students and milestones will be made to set them up for success in the future. Incentives/awards will be gifted upon reaching certain milestones catered to the appropriate age. Learning is fun and should be approached in that way! Lessons are compiled of the core fundamentals and what each student wants to achieve.
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