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Ellen Z
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Instruments: Piano, Flute, Recorder
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Gospel, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

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Ellen Z
Instruments: Piano, Flute, Recorder
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Gospel, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
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Ages Taught: 5-80
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EDUCATION Masters M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist, Jan 1998 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015 Bachelor of Arts German/Elementary Education, May 1988 Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Certification: Pennsylvania Instructional I, Elementary Education K-6Suzuki Flute School Book One, June 1996, East Tennessee State University,Musikgarten Teacher Current license 2017-2018,  Kindermusik licensed educator 1996-2008 Additional Training: Completed Montessori-St. Nicholas  Foundation Course Workshop, August 1998, the Christopher Academy, South Plains, NJ 07076

Awards:

1996- Earned Certificate to Teach Suzuki Book 1 from East Tennessee State University

2014- Present Director of Young Musicians Society at St. Theresa Parish,

Currently the General Music Teacher at Sacred Heart School in Bath, Pennsylvania

 

Licensed Musikgarten Teacher

Community: Member MORAVIAN COLLEGE COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Spring 1987-Present in Bethlehem, PA. Member of St Theresa Choir Fall 2004-Present in Hellertown, Member of Allentown Diocesan choir 2011 - Present, PA MVP MOMS CLUB Saucon Valley West (2008-2009), member 2001-present.  . Member of the Catherdral Choir of St. Catharine of Siena, 1980-2002. Member of Christ Church Choir, Raleigh, NC, 1995-1997, Performer in Musikfest August 1997 in the Musikfest Chorus in Bethlehem, PA.sity 

 

Overview:
.I am passionate about music and the transforming power it has in people's lives. I have Suzuki teacher training in Flute Book one from East Tennesse University in 1996. I have my Masters in Education from Lehigh University. Currently I am the Music Specialist for Lehigh University's Child Care Center, and I direct the Youth Choir at St. Theresa Parish in Hellertown. I perform with the Moravian College Collegium Musicum and sing with the Allentown Diocesan Choir.  I am currently Licensed to Teach MusikGarten and plan to hold a class this Fall for 3-5 year olds.
EXPERIENCE
I studied transverse flute at Moravian College with Robin Kani from 1985-1992. From March 1996 to May 1997, I studied with Brooks De-Wetter Smith at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I studied recorder for two semesters at Moravian College with professors Dr. Paul Larson and Dr. Larry Lipkis, composer in residence and performer with the Baltimore Consort. 1994 I began to teach privately. I have taught Suzuki flute Book one to beginners,from 1996-1997 in Chapel Hill, NC, and also at the Lehigh Conservatory from 1998-2002 I also teach intermediate to advanced level in flute and baroque recorder. I have much experience teaching youngsters and am currently the Music Specialist at Lehigh University Child Care Center, where I have been teaching preschool music since 2006. I have also taught Kindermusik from 1996-2008. Along with flute and recorder, I play and teach piano to those at a beginner and intermediate level.      My experience dates back to 1994. I began teaching private lessons. 
METHODS USED
“Art Exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, those who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world”    -Shinichi Suzuki I believe in encouraging my students and teaching one step at a time, which they can succeed and become confident musicians. I will also encourage them to listen to recordings of famous artists and make listening and practicing a part of their day.  For beginning flutists, I actually will teach them to spit (with aim) one grain of rice before they use their head joint for the first time. It is pretty funny but works like a gem. Toshio Takahashi came up with this way to have a concrete way to teach begiiners embouchure and sound production. When the student practices with the rice, they produce a powerful"toot" the first time the headjoint reaches their lips! I like to use the Suzuki materials for flute and also mix it up with favorite duet books and classic repetoire. I always encourage my students to find pieces that are their favorites that they would like to play, an extra motivation.   For piano, we will work on the basics with fingering. Start with playing melodies using the right and left hands and then introducing the bass line and chords.  I have a number of method books which I make use of and visual aids for the keyboard and the staff.
LESSON STYLE
I am enthusisastic about music and enjoy giving my students the tools they will need to achieve their dreams.  I don't believe I've taught two students in exactly the same way. I like to taylor my teaching for each individual I teach. I do keep in mind that some of my learners are more Visual learners, others more kinesthetic, and others more auditory.  I make use of their strengths to help them develop new musical skills.
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