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AA-Music, William Rainey Harper College
Vandercook College of Music
2012-Composed work for film-The Sad Cafe, Jiang Hu Productions
2014-Composed and performed work for Jazz Ensemble, Harper College
I'm an experienced instructor with over 8 years of experience. I have a music degree from William Rainey Harper college as well as additional training in Jazz and Choral from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. I continue to perform in any and all settings possible and have composed many pieces of music that have been showcased in movies, performed at universities, and are used for teaching musical concepts to students. Teaching is a full time dedication for me as I teach not only online but in local music studios as well.
My teaching experience is extensive and diverse. I teach online, travel, in home, and at local music studios and universities. I have been doing this full time for over 8 years while continuing to develop new methods and fun and exciting lessons for students. I do my best to instill music practice as a regular way of life in students and show them how this can help aid in all areas of life. Music is a versatile tool for learning, memory, emotional stability and many other aspects that contribute to a persons overall "character."
My teaching methods are unique and vary greatly from person to person. As I am a firm believer in teaching "individuals," I do not encourage strict and unyielding methods. Flexibility and the ability to adapt are very important as students need these principles for life in general. This is another reason why teaching improvisation is important as it keeps the mind agile. Further methods include using as many senses at the same so the mind more easily consolidates information from practice. I do use some traditional repertoire from Jazz and Classical, but this depends on the students current level and goals.
"Live" practice would be an ideal way to describe how I teach. I never encourage too much of one practice or rote memorization. The mind consolidates information more quickly and makes many more neural connections through variety and "new stimuli." Many practices in our culture can be boring and lack efficiency because they lack these basic principles. As educators, we really need to turn that "dead" practice into "live" practice. I also encourage students to question everything and don't take anything you have learned and accept it simply because a teacher or authority figure told you. In this way our practice and culture as a whole can keep evolving.
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