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Master of Music in Music Education with emphasis in Choral Conducting and Literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2014
BS Music Education, Universtiy of Connecticut 2004
BA Music, University of Connecticut 2004
I'm a kind and nurturing teacher who has been playing the piano for thirty years. I work with students of all ages and ability levels, including students who are neurodivergent, students with physical disabilities, and students who don't speak English. Music is a universal language that everybody can understand if they have a really great teacher. My favorite teaching moments are when the lightbulb turns on and my student has their "aha!" understanding of a new concept. I love making personal connections with my students, and I have a sense humor. No pressure in my lessons, as long as you are trying.
I love teaching, and worked in public schools across Connecticut and Massachusetts for thirteen years. Courses that I taught included: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and High School, Women's, and Honors choirs High School Piano 1 and 2 Middle School Music Middle School Fine Arts Middle School History of Rock Musical Director of the school musicals every year In the fall of 2020 I decided not to return to public school. I am currently the Musical Director of the Children's Theater Program at the Marblehead Little Theater, and I teach chorus at the Devereaux School in Marblehead.
When I meet new students, I start by figuring out where they are on their journey, and I meet them there. I approach each lesson uniquely, because we are all different and learn in different ways. I teach with a combination of Lesson and Theory books, usually Alfred's Basic, and we will focus on healthy playing technique. I understand that Lesson and Theory books are not always the most interesting, and I supplement materials by teaching chords so students can learn pop songs of their choosing as well.
I am a very warm and encouraging person, and I can see how hard people try, even if they don't sound their best yet. I have a growth mindset, which means that you don't have to be born with a natural ability to do this. Anyone can learn if they have a great teacher. I give a lot positive reinforcement, and I expect mistakes. Students don't take lessons if they already know how to play! During a typical lesson, we would start with some warm-ups and scales, spend time on the Music Theory lesson of the day, and then spend the bulk of the lesson working on student's material. In order for students to make progress, I encourage practicing five days a week for up to half an hour at a time.
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