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BM, University of North Texas, Jazz StudiesProfessional Diploma, Berklee College of Music, Jazz Composition
2013 Dallas Jazz Piano Society Rising Star2010 Piano Achievement Award, Texas State University2010 Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society2009 Berklee College of Music $16,000 scholarship2009 National Jazz Ensemble Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
I'm a passionate and motivated piano instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Jazz Studies. In just eight years, I've performed at many venues across the country from Orlando, FL to the respected jazz clubs of Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Austin. I've had the opportunity to study with many distinguished teachers from all over the world, learning various teaching methods over the course of nine years.
My teaching experience is a reflection of the many professors and instructors I've had the opportunity to study with throughout the years. I began teaching piano eight years ago and since then, have evolved my method to emphasize ear training and rhythmn as the more important areas of my musical pedagogy. I've been lucky enough to practice my methods on countless students throughout the years and have seen excellent results. My experience has ranged from private, individualized teaching, to classroom group piano instruction where I cover musical topics in a regular classroom setting.
Structurally, my teaching methods revolve around the Piano Adventure series of instructional workbooks. I use the workbooks as a springboard into my personally developed educational plan that emphasizes rhythm and ear training. After a solid foundation of basic musical theory has been established, I begin to find out what the student is interested in and guide my instruction accordingly, as to keep the lessons fun and engaging. I welcome each experience level and musical background.
One of the most unique features of my teaching style is self-education. I always strive for the student to develop a passion for music but more importantly, to keep that passion allive through curiousity. The foundation for my teaching style is instructing the student to have the skills to eventually teach his or herself. There are several benefits to this, the most important being that the student continues to learn even after the lesson. By helping them develop their indipendance from teacher, they begin to explore other advanced areas of music, returning to the teacher when they arrive at difficult material.
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