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BS, Kutztown University, Music Education
2014-2018: Dean’s List at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 2016: Gary and Laree Trollinger Scholarship for a Promising Music Educator 2014: John Philip Sousa Band Award 2013: Outstanding Musicianship Award
Playing trumpet has always been a passion of mine, and I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with other people. This past May, I graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a focus in Trumpet Performance. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to perform with and learn from incredible musicians, which has brought me many performing opportunities. This past summer, I performed on a stage show at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg theme park, where I was a featured soloist. I will also be performing in a band for one of Busch's Howl-O-Scream shows this Fall.
The first opportunity I had to teach someone trumpet was during my junior year of high school. There was a freshman saxophone player who decided to switch to trumpet, so my band director had me teach her. Ever since then, I have been studying different pedagogical techniques for both trumpet and music in general. My belief is that, in order for a student to have the most success, they must set a goal for themselves. As a teacher, it is my job to observe that goal, and guide the student towards it.
My first lesson with all of my students begin with an introduction, where we get to know a little bit about each other. I like to know the goals/expectations of my students. We will also do a number of fundamental exercises so I can get a feel for where the student currently is. For students of all ages, I aim to use the William Adam method while teaching. Simply put, the William Adam method focuses primarily on sound production. I also do my best to help provide music that the student enjoys playing.
I believe that in the world of music, a teacher's job tends to consist more of providing resources and an extra set of ears instead of actually teaching. My lessons typically consist of a 1-to-1 ratio, where I will be playing as much as the student I am working with. I believe that students need to HEAR how something is supposed to be played in order for them to be the most successful. By that, I mean I will first play a passage of music (fundamental exercise, solo excerpt, etude, etc.), and then the student will play, and they will try to match my tone, style, tempo, dynamic changes, articulation, and everything else required when making music.
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