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BM, Wright State University, Vocal Performance
Wright State University Performance Scholarship Dayton Opera Chorus, Dayton, OH - Soprano Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, OH - Soprano Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, OH - Soprano Main Street Opera Theater, Plymouth, MI St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit, MI
I am a motivated, empathetic, and passionate musician, artist, and engineer. I relate well to a wide variety of students and professionals, and understand the challenges that come with learning a new skill or perfecting a piece for a performance. I graduated from the Wright State School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and have been studying piano since I was five years old. I have played, sung, and taught around the country, from New York City to Detroit to southwest Missouri.
I began teaching lessons over 15 years ago, and have been teaching in private and my home studios since that time. I emphasize consistent practice and repetition for all students, and I like to understand what music goals my students have - whether it is for private enjoyment or public performance, I do encourage everyone to push their boundaries and try something new on a regular basis. I found that while learning music myself, mixing classical with different music genres made practice both more fun, motivating, and challenging, and helped solidify various techniques that I retained for life.
For beginning children, I will usually select Hal Leonard or the Bastien series combined with appropriate solo repertoire. For intermediate students and adults who are beginners, I select from the Suzuki method or Hanon books combined with repertoire. I also like to find out the students' interests (classical, pop, musicals, and so forth) to select combinations of music that will be most engaging for them. I tailor each lesson to the student, and depending on the students needs and goals, create lesson plans with a "project management" outlook that include objectives for the weeks ahead.
I understand that each student is going to develop at his or her own pace, and that music is a very personal skill that cannot be micromanaged. While I like to work with students to create their goals and recognize their accomplishments, it is also important to realize that learning and development must be realistic. Each student will be inspired and motivated as an individual, and I love developing the learning relationship together to help students soar! When I help a student overcome an "impossible" obstacle through individualized attention, I know I have done my job.
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