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MM, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Horn Performance
BM, The Hartt School, Music History and Horn Performance
2012-2013 - BHAAAS Exchange Program for Classical Musicians to Sarajevo, Bosnia
2012 - Master's Recital, UNLV
2011 - UNLV Graduate Association Grant
2010 - Awarded UNLV Graduate Assistantship
2005 - Hartt School Performing Arts Scholarship ($80,000)
I am an engaging and motivated instructor who enjoys sharing knowledge and passion for music with my students. I have had a varied career, and have performed all over the world in a variety of settings including orchestras, ballet, opera and musical theater/pops. I've played musicals on the Strip in Las Vegas, Dvorak in Bosnia, and operetta in France. I'm currently an active member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802, performing on Broadway and around the NYC area.
I have been teaching private students since 2010, and am looking forward to establishing a studio in the NYC area. I believe in helping students establish regular practice habits, with consistent warmup exercises and strong fundamentals. I also find that combining assigned music with music the student choose for themselves helps keep motivation levels high! I want my students to enjoy themselves while learning to play with proper technique, good breathing and musically sensitive interpretation. I encourage students to audition for local and state ensembles, competitions, and other outlets where they can expand their skill set and meet other like-minded students to encourage them in their musical journey.
I customize curriculum and study books based on the student's needs. For high school students, I assign a program of etude study, orchestral excerpts and solo work appropriate to their skill level to prepare them for competitive honor ensembles and college auditions. For middle schoolers, I assess their current skill level and method books used in band class; I generally work out of the Rubank method.
Seeing a student excel and reach their goals is the most rewarding experience a teacher can have. Everyone works at a different speed, and I expect each student to do the best they can do. I do not believe in forcing a "one size fits all" teaching method on every student. Each student has different goals, and I focus on reaching those goals at a pace that will challenge the student without feeling impossible or insurmountable. I want to cultivate a lifelong passion for music in each of my students, whether they are first chair or last chair.
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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