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MMus, Texas Christian University BMus, Bob Jones University
2014-2016 TCU School of Music tuition and stipend grant 2010-2014 LIFE Scholarship
I throughly enjoy making music. I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old and continued taking all the way through graduate school at TCU, where I graduated in 2016. Playing solo and collaborating with fellow musicians are still some of my favorite pass times. I enjoy playing all kinds of genres: Classical, pop, worship, Bossa Nova. Some of my most memorable experiences have been collaborative. From playing piano duets in grade school, singing in church choir, to accompanying in semi-professional competitions, like the Young Texas Artists Competition, I find performing with others is fun and exciting.
Sharing how to make music is a passion of mine. I earned my Bachelor's in Piano Pedagogy, and, as of May 2016, my MM in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University. For the last 5 years, I have taught piano private and group lessons of all ages. Both lesson types are beneficial for students, since each has his own learning style. Private lessons allow the student to interact one-on-one with his instructor, and group lessons provide peer interaction to aid learning. I have taught in private studios, students' homes, and grade school and university settings. Despite the various settings, my teaching philosophy does not change. I encourage regular, consistent practice of all my students, because I want to see them achieve their goals. As much as I enjoy teaching Classical music for technique, I love working on pieces my student's want to learn - whatever the genre! Music is an art to be shared, so I encourage my students to participate in competitions and recitals. Students in my studio receive an education as well as a service, and seeing my students excited and passionate about making music gives me the most satisfaction.
Since I strongly believe each person has his own learning style, I cater each lesson to him personally. I customize each lesson according to my student and the pace appropriate for him. Typically one of my pre-college student's lesson bags will include the following material: a lesson book, theory book, technique book, 1 or 2 supplementary repertoire books, notebook, flashcards, and handouts, which include sight-reading, lead sheets, progress charts, memos, etc. Not every item will be used each lesson, but certainly each month. Variety is important to me, so as to avoid student - or teacher! - getting stuck in a rut. For adults, tell me your musical goals, and we'll work on that. And when I see a need, I will enhance your skills by strengthening other techniques through pieces and/or exercises.
Student-teacher relationship is one of the most important aspects to my teaching style. It is very important that students feel safe and welcome in their learning environment, so I keep lessons relaxed yet on target with our goals. I believe that every student learns at his own pace, and I try to gauge that with realistic goals per lesson, per semester, and per year. I like to vary activities in lessons according to my student's preference. Generally for young ones, they are learning "off the bench" almost as much as they are "on the bench," and the older the student gets, the more he learns "on the bench." I really enjoy figuring out what inspires my students so that I can find music and activities to tailor each lesson to him personally.
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