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B. A. in Music from University of Maryland Baltimore County
Graduated cum laude, the TEACH Institute in Maryland.
I have been teaching since 1977, and I am as passionate about teaching as I was on my first day! I have taught students of all ages and levels, and learned to customize lessons to fit their stated musical goals. A number of my former students now work in the music field, from music instructors at Towson State University to local freelance musicians. I currently hold the rank if Sergeant in the Maryland Defense Force Band, serving as a percussionist/drummer. This gives me the opportunity to serve my country while participating in memorable concerts, such as performing for the Governor of Maryland.
I have been playing and teaching in the Baltimore - Washington area since 1977, and have performed for the Smithsonian Institution, the Governor of Maryland and the White House. These experiences, along with my education courses, helped shape the way I teach. Every student is different, which is why I love customizing a long term plan that is right for THEM. Helping to fulfill a student's dream is a satisfaction that never grows old, and it is always a thrill when a student masters a musical challenge!
On the first lesson, I like to help students create realistic, long-term goals for themselves. Then the student and I develop a plan to help them achieve them. Learning tools include method books, recordings of the lesson, and playing along with me. I also make solo pieces available, and encourage the student to participate in local recitals. My lessons generally follow the county public school's music curriculum and include rhythmic and melodic dictation, ear training, sightreading, theory and song form.
Lesson style is fresh, fun and includes an objective of what the student can expect to accomplish by the end of that lesson. I am enthusiastic and like students to come away from every lesson feeling like they have something to show! When lesson begins, we get right down to it. After older material is reviewed, we begin on the current lesson. Afterward, I ask my students to write down their assignment in their Assignment Log. This practice helps them to retain what they have learned, and what is to be practiced for the coming week.
We have been very pleased with Diane, she is punctual and has been flexible when we have needed flexibility. My son Elijah has learned a lot and is very fond of Diane.
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