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2007 Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship
2003 Independence symphony Concerto Competition 1st Place
2003 Kansas City Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition 1st Place
For beginner students I always like to start from the Hal Leanords Essential Elements. It is a great way to start a student off and provides them the fundamentals they need to improve. After that I like to mix in a combination of scales and etudes to continue their technical training while introducing solo pieces to give them something more interesting to play. Starting from a strong foundation will allow the student to progress much faster and helps keep them from getting discouraged. I like to tailor the lessons to each student. Some students might become bored if you move to slowly and others can become discouraged if you move to fast. I believe it is extremely important to work with the student and find a pace that works best for them. Regardless of age and skill level I always work to make lessons fun, interesting and engaging.
The most rewarding thing as a teacher is passing on my love of music to my students. Music is one of the most important things in my life and has opened me up to the world. Because of music I have met people from all walks of life and that has helped me to become a more loving and compassionate person. Lessons should be a safe, fun and encouraging space for students to grow not only as musicians but as people. I always work to challenge my students and keep them engaged without becoming discouraged. This comes from individualized lessons that are designed to provide each student the tools and environment they need to progress.
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