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2015 Dallas Symphonic Festival Grand Prize Winner
2015 TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra Principal
2014 Northeast Orchestra Featured Guest Soloist
I am a recent graduate from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. I had a few elementary-age students at a small nearby music school during my four years there and I really enjoyed it! I want to be able to help students work on basic foundations and techniques as well as defining an individual's method on how to approach a piece. I find that students become better at practicing when they are able to motivate themselves, so I like to encourage my students to enter competitions.
I have been playing flute for 12 years now, and I got my first student when I was in high school. It was then that I realized that I really loved being able to share my knowledge and experience and I proceeded to pursue it during my undergraduate years. Most of my teaching experience was gained from my time at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Throughout my four years, I had 8 students ranging from beginner to intermediate level. I like to focus not only on flute-related technique, but also efficient practice, and how each individual student can make the most out of the time they are spending with their instrument.
I like to use Trevor Wye's methods when I teach. I own the 6 volumes and I recommend that my students buy at least one of his books as well. For more advanced players, I introduce Paul Edmund-Davies' Daily Exercises. I stress the importance of long tones for the effect they can have on a flautist's tone, color, volume, etc. As mentioned before, I will also encourage students to enter competitions and/or find another opportunity to perform their piece in front of an audience/judges panel. I love watching my younger students become sure of themselves and more confident as they perform more!
I have found that the most effective way for me to teach is to activate the student's self-motivation, rather than trying to serve as external motivation. We will spend some time discussing the student's goals, whether they are concrete or abstract. I understand that many students have different styles of practicing! For some of my students, we ran lessons like they were drill sessions, and for others, the lessons were all about taking a deeper look into the piece itself and going through passages separately to personalize the performance. I am a pretty versatile teacher!
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