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I am a current music composition major at SPU, passionate about teaching others not only the beauty and fun in music but also the importance of it. I do not have a degree, considering that I am 20 and still in college, but I have years of experience since 2012, serving on various worship teams with piano, guitar, and vocals. I had received formal training in piano (4 years) and clarinet (2 years) in elementary school until I was able to read any piece of music I wanted as well as memorize and transpose. I am excited to be able to spread my love of music through teaching.
My experience with various worship band has sharpened my ability to teach. In high school, I was the only one on my worship team with a musical background. I had aided in teaching most of the members their instruments, so I learned at an early age how to break down complex or even simple musical concepts for those it doesn't come naturally to. I currently have a student I teach on my own time who is progressing very quickly with a solid foundation in music, considering we have only had a total of 30 lessons. For me, I know when I'm doing my job properly when the student realizes they understand a concept or practice correctly in a way that is unique and individual to them. Music isn't just something to be taught but an expression of oneself; simple rules and music theory cant give someone that, it must be experienced through practice.
For beginning students, I use Adult Piano Adventures All in One Piano Course 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber. This is the book used for beginners at my university seeking to pass the piano proficiency exam. The content is the same as what is found in a children's book, so the "Adult" in the title isn't a deterrent for my elementary aged students. As I go through this book I teach concepts that pique the interests of my students, as well as breakdown complex methods and theories early, so they will think about it and utilize it early within their repertoire. Once foundations are set and thoroughly learned I transition into teaching the particular interests of my students accordingly.
I believe that fascination breeds true understanding. The more fascinated I am with a comic book, the more I seem to know about its characters, and its the same way for music. The more fascinated and intrigued someone is in music, the more knowledgeable they will become about it. It's easy to try and quantify success, but that is the last thing I want for my students. Progress is key; it's not always about the results. There are still areas that I need improvement in, as well as every other musician, and I want my students to always be aware of that.
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