Gift Certificates Available. SHOP NOW!
Bachelor Degree: University of Iowa
Music is my first passion and being able to share the experience of learning and instrument is an incredible privilege. This spring I will graduate from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Music with a specialty in Music Therapy and Trumpet performance. During my time at the University of Iowa I played jazz shows with combos, big bands, wind ensembles, symphony groups and more. I also played with rock, funk and pop groups outside of school and in my free time. I've had the opportunity to tour in the Midwest and the west coast with a rock/pop group playing keyboard, guitar and trumpet. It is always my goal to help students develop their own sound, as well as guide them to a place of proficiency no matter their end-goal. Music improves our lives and gives us a foundation, a way to communicate and structure. My past students know as a teacher I can be understanding, creative and engaging.
My teaching experience began about 5 years ago, teaching guitar, piano, electric bass and recording techniques to children ages 6-18 at an overnight summer camp. Having my students form bands, small combos and even 12-15 people groups was always a good way to reinforce the importance of communication and teamwork. These groups helped my students hold themselves accountable, as well as made from an incredibly fun learning environment. Since then, I have taught students with a variety of abilities, and of a variety of ages. The primary goal for me (on top of the students' or parents' goals) is to encourage fun, as well as proficiency that makes the instrument and music approachable as a whole. I also encourage routine, as 5 minutes a day is better than 1 hour right before our lesson! Helping the student improve and relish in their success makes learning an instrument easier and more joyful. I am always looking for more challenges and students with unique tastes in music!
For all students, I believe some understanding of music theory and ear-training is a must. This does not mean boring, antagonizing hours of studying always though. Learning songs by ear and understanding why certain pieces of music function the way they do can enable a student to learn more on their own and interact more with other musicians. I tend to start by learning to read some sheet music, and depending the instrument place a good deal of importance on learning chords. I always find out first and foremost what music the student enjoys, and we will build foundational skills to be able to get there. Studying/learning songs is always a great way to begin to introduce my students to repertoire, especially if there are already songs they love. For any adults, we will work together to determine what they want out of their musical experience and work from there. I believe that music can be an excellent outlet and I want to give my students the tools to express themselves, whatever that looks like.
My teaching style is success-driven and is largely about giving creative opportunities. Celebrating my students' first time playing a song or learning their first chord is always exciting, as I understand the sometimes intimidating learning curve that music presents. I set weekly, realistic goals for my students and always make sure they have something to listen to. For my piano students, I always make sure that they have pianists to listen to all week so that they can be inspired and have an understanding of the history of the instrument. Listening to my students and meeting them wherever they are at is crucial to their success.
Select all the days/times the student would be available to start lessons. Selecting "3pm - 7pm" means the student can start as early as 3pm or start as late as 7pm. It is important that you select as many days and the widest window of start times for each day as possible. That will help us make a match with one of our teachers.Ok
Are you sure that's your only availability? The more availability you easier it will be to arrange a teacher for you.