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Bachelor Degree: Stephen F. Austin State University
2015 - SFASU School of Music Scholarship Recipient
2015 - SFASU Academic Scholarship Recipient
Hello, I'm Codi! I play cello and viola, I compose, and I am passionate about sharing a joy for music with others. I graduated in May 2019 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Music Education with a concentration in string instruments. I have performed with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines and the University of Macau String Orchestra, as well as for the European Union Film Music Gala Concert in 2017. In 2019, I attended the Chloé Trevor Music Academy and attended several seminars and master classes featuring Chloé Trevor, Kirk Trevor, Mike Block, and Rachel Barton Pine. I have also played with several churches in Livingston, Lufkin, and Nacogdoches, TX during my undergraduate study.
My teaching experience is primarily in one on one or small group settings. I have taught several students as young as 10 years old. It is my experience that a student's approach to their instrument varies with their age. The more time one spends with an instrument, the more one expects to have a certain sound. I believe it is important to emphasize not comparing oneself to others. This goes hand and hand with my approach to teaching in that it focuses on the individual wants and needs of the student.
If the student has never read sheet music, we will first do worksheets to learn how to read bass clef. If the student has taken another instrument, such as piano, there are some transferrable skills that will allow us to go through this process much faster. As we learn to read bass clef, we will explore the instrument, learn where notes are, and begin making sounds. I use a combination of Suzuki and Essential Elements Technique for exercises and beginner pieces. Once students have grasped the fundamentals of the instrument through beginner repertoire, we will explore music of increased difficulty according to the student's preference. As a cellist, it is standard to visit Popper etudes and J.S. Bach's six suites. Mike Block's Contemporary Cello Etudes book has several fun techniques, such as slapping, chopping, and singing while playing, which would be great for intermediate players. We will explore several areas of repertoire and find something interesting to the student.
I differentiate my teaching approach to allow every student the chance to learn effectively and perform their best musically. I aim to promote confidence, integrity, and enthusiasm in the classroom. I do this by communicating with my students about their wants, needs, and struggles. My goal is not only to teach my students how to play music well, but to get them to truly enjoy spending time with their instrument. It is important that my students are working on things they enjoy, and that they're doing it in a way that is effective for them. Bringing an individual approach and this kind of enthusiasm to my students, they will have the tools to succeed with their instrument.
My daughter and I have enjoyed taking lessons from Codi. He is patient and encouraging. He provides my daughter with music options she would enjoy and that gets her engaged in class and practice. He also provides her incentives that she looks forward to earning when she hits a milestone.
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