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MM, University of Georgia, Viola Performance (in progress) BM, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Viola Performance
I graduated with a BM in Viola Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in May 2017, and I am currently a graduate assistant within the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. My primary instrument is Viola, but I also have experience performing and teaching violin, piano, and a variety of vocal styles. As a violist I was assistant principal of the Peabody Concert Orchestra for two years, and the assistant principal of Baltimore-based Symphony No 1. During my time in Baltimore I regularly performed in community outreach concerts, bringing live performances to children's hospitals and retirement homes throughout the greater Baltimore area. As a vocalist I was a memeber of a statewide champion jazz choir, and performed in a number of musical stage productions. My long-term career goals include performing viola in either a symphony orchestra or chamber group, and having my own teaching studio.
My teaching experience began when I was in high school, and has continued throughout my higher education. Most of my teaching experience is with children ages 4-15, however I am comfortable teaching students of all ages and of varying skill levels. I am very interested in music pedagogy, and have taking a number of pedagogical courses within the last couple years, so I am able to come up with a number of approaches when taking on a new student, each approach catering to individual student needs. I love having the opportunity to guide students through the process of learning about music, and really enjoy learning from my students along the way.
When I was a young viola student I was taught using the Suzuki method. For beginner-intermediate violin/viola students I find this to be very effective, and would supplement this with a variety of technique exercises as well as something of personal interest to each student (folk style, pop, etc). After some time, when I feel a student has a solid grasp of fundamentals, I will begin to introduce appropriate solo repertoire. For vocal students we will work a great deal on proper techniques, and whatever genre is of interest to each individual student. For all instruments, I introduce some sort of sight-singing element into lessons as well, as I feel this is something that all musicians should incorporate into their practice.
I recognize that every student is unique in the way they take in new information and progress in their playing/singing, so I do my best to successfully tailor each lesson to each student’s individual needs. Within my prior teaching experience, I have learned that acknowledging accomplishments and student progress is a great motivator, and I am sure to highlight a student strengths while still strategizing what steps need to be taken in order to further their improvement and success. Every student has different goals, and it is my job to guide them along the path to achieving them.
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