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AA, Hill College, Music Performance
2014 - Hill College award of Most Improved Vocal Student.
I am a fun and passionate teacher when it comes to music. When attending college for my performance degree I had thought that I would not want to teach others and just focus on performing. And as much as I love to perform I have found a love for passing along my enthusiasm and knowledge of music. I have worked as a Pre-K teacher for 7 years before deciding to try to make giving lessons a full-time thing, which I am still working towards. So I have become very adapt at learning the different ways each person learns which greatly helps me in my teaching music. Ever since working for Musika I have found a new passion for teaching and it involves my favorite thing in the world, Music!
I did not officially start teaching music until after I graduated from Hill College. I have been playing the cello since I was 13 and singing since I was practically born. While attending college I was put in charge of my section in the choir in order to make sure that everyone knew their part. I would set up weekly times for all of us to meet and go over our parts. My fellow students enjoyed having me in charge because I made sure that they did not feel inferior. I was honestly just helping them by sharing my knowledge of music. And we all saw vast improvement. Upon graduating I auditioned for the Dallas Opera, but however was not accepted due to my lack of experience. I have had experience however in helping out with some local plays, musicals, or performances. I have been requested by several connections to come and have guest performances at church and such, and my colleagues and I go Christmas caroling at the local park every year! As long as I am able to use my talents to help others, or even if it is just for other's enjoyment, I know that I will lead a fulfilling musical career.
Music has always been my passion. I try to make every lesson fun and cater the music my students learn to their taste, because I have noticed that they learn more quickly and have fun doing so when it is music they enjoy. While being classically trained in one's instrument is important, what I find to be the most important is to make sure that I am able to pass along an enthusiasm for playing music! I tailor my lessons according to the individual student. Rarely will I ever assign one book, I will pick whichever songs I feel that will challenge my student, yet not so much as to not be fun.
As I have previously stated, I tailor my lessons to each individual student in order to maximize their learning potential. Yes, I do usually assign one piece that will be good for them to learn even if it is not their favorite song to play, but the rest of the time I make sure that it is music they are going to enjoy. If a student loves Disney songs, then you can bet that's going to be an assignment. In addition, if, for example, a vocal student loves to sing rock songs, then you can also assume that I will not be assigning a lot of operatic pieces. Each student is different and will learn in different ways. It is my job to utilize my students learning habits to the best of our ability in order for them to progress as far as they can go.
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