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BA, Butler University, Music
2017-Mary Francis Roush Scholarship in Violin 2017- Section Leader of the Butler Symphony Orchestra 2017- First Violinist Position with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra 2017- Masterclass with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Zach de Pue 2016- Masterclass with the Eroica Trio
I am a creative and enthusiastic violinist based in the Northwest Indiana region. I graduated with a degree in music with an emphasis in performance in 2018 from Butler University. During my undergraduate career, I was principal 2nd violinist with the Butler Symphony and performed two solo recitals. Additionally, I performed with the Butler Ballet and Opera Orchestras, as well as with local symphonies (Hendricks Symphony and Danville Symphony). Aside from performance, I have a distinct passion for teaching. I have served as an instructor for HGS music, Front Porch music, and Blue Lake fine arts camp. I am looking forward to meet you!
My experience teaching dates back to the beginning of my college career in 2014. A majority of my students have ranged from brand new players to an intermediate level, but I am willing and enthusiastic about teaching players of all levels! Additionally, I have taught a diverse age range; from 4 years olds to adults. I primarily teach classical violin, but have spent time as a fiddling instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp and am well equipped to teach both styles. One of the greatest joys of being a violin instructor is seeing students develop a love for music, which fuels my passion for teaching!
I teach the fundamentals of the violin (for beginners) out of the Hal Leonard Essential Elements book series. For solo pieces and scales (for students who have had a year or so of instruction), I teach out of the Suzuki Method books. For more advanced students, I use technique books such as Wolfhart and Sevcik to develop bow and finger control. Additional books I use for choosing repertoire for students include Barber's Solos for Young Violinists and various concerti depending on the student's ability level.
My top priority in teaching violin is for my students to develop a love for music. This includes tailoring my teaching style dependent on the student's learning style. Typically, I like to begin my lessons with developing musical foundations (which includes scales, rhythm, and different bow and finger exercises). Then, I choose a piece that challenges the student in some artistic capacity. I balance the challenging repertoire with a piece of the student's choosing, whether that be a pop song, fiddling, or a duet.
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