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Bachelor Degree: Cornell University
I am a passionate musicians who lives for sharing my music, both on stage and in the classroom. I graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and during my time at Cornell I was a performing member of the taiko ensemble, Yamatai. As a member of Yamatai, I also served as Training Officer, which gave me the responsibility of teaching all new recruits our material. I then began learning how to properly sing using the Ken Tamplin vocal academy course in order to sing the Rock and Metal music I grew up loving. I look forward to sharing what I've learned with other studying musicians.
My teaching experience dates back to my first year in Yamatai. As a more advanced percussionist, I took it upon myself to assist my fellow new recruits with learning the material outside of regular practice times with the Musical Director. With percussion, we found that taking a piece and breaking it into small sections that were easily repeatable gave the best results. I took these techniques over to the drum set when the time came, and found ways to make simple drum rhythms more interesting and engaging.
For entry level percussionists, I start on a practice pad with the basic drum rudiments (rolls, paradiddles, flams, etc.). After learning these rudiments, I will help the student identify these techniques in their favorite songs, which we will then learn to play together. After successfully performing songs in several styles, I will task the student with creating their own groove, which we can then turn into a full song.
For intermediate drummers, I will have them showcase their skill level to appropriately develop a curriculum that will keep them challenged, engaged, and progressing in their musical journey.
For vocal students, I will use the same techniques I learned in my singing course to safely build their voice, extend their range, and teach more advanced techniques such as rasp and hyper-glottal compression.
The most important aspect of music, for me, is to enjoy what you are doing. I entered the world of music as an escape from my rigorous Engineering curriculum. The last thing I want is for my students to become too stressed or frustrated with their learning. Therefore, I ensure that all students go at a comfortable pace while setting challenging, but realistic, goals for themselves. I will work with my students to set a list of goals and push them in that direction so they can experience the satisfaction that comes with such accomplishments. I will also make sure that all learning is geared toward the student's general interest in music (i.e. if you like rock, we will play rock. If you like pop, we will play pop. If you like a genre I am not too familiar with, I will learn it along with you!)
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