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MM, Bowling Green State University, Oboe Performance BM, Missouri State University, Oboe Performance BME, Missouri State University, Music Education - Instrumental
BGSU Oboe Studio Scholarship - 2016- Featured Soloist - International Women in the Arts Conference 2014 First Prize Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Bienniel Collegiate Competition - 2014-
I am a passionate instructor who loves helping students grow their love of music. It is my goal to give all my students the ability to express themselves through music. I currently teach music at Kansas City Public Schools and I am looking to grow my private lesson studio. I believe anyone can benefit from a quality music education, and it is never too early or late to learn a new instrument! My primary instrument is oboe. I have studied with several successful oboists and earned a master's degree in oboe performance from Bowling Green State University, studying with Dr. Nermis Mieses. While earning my degree I took lessons and participated in masterclasses with some of the most successful oboists in the country. I learned many things from these lessons, but most importantly I learned how to make my own oboe reeds. I would love to pass on my knowledge to you! I have also played the piano since I was 10 years old. I took piano solos to state competitions throughout high school and earned top rankings. I now accompany all of my students when they take solos to competitions. /p>
My teaching experience goes back to when I taught piano lessons in high school. Since then I have continued to teach private lessons throughout college. I now teach music at Kansas City Public Schools. One of the key components to my teaching is helping my students find a way to enjoy making music. I like to provide fun supplemental activities as well as their regular lesson books. I also enjoy finding my students as many performance opportunities as possible so they can show off their hard work!
For piano students, I like to use the Alfred method books with supplemented music that peeks their interest. I like these books because they have several series depending on the age of the student and their interests such as music theory and broadway hits.-For woodwind students, I like to work for a few weeks out of their band books so I can assess their strengths and weaknesses. From there I will assign the appropriate method book; typically from the Rubank series. I will also help with all-district and all-state band auditions.
I believe every student is different and therefore demands a different instruction style. Some students need a lot of encouragement and some students need more of a push. I also believe students need musical ideas to be presented to them in different ways. Some students need a visual explanation, some auditory, and some kinesthetic. Through my training to become a music educator at Missouri State University, I gained experience in several different types of students and I am confident I can help a large variety of students.
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