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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 continue their musical journey even after my time as their teacher. I am currently earning my masters degree in oboe performance at Bowling Green State University, before this, I earned two Bachelors degrees, one in oboe performance and one in music education at Missouri State University. My main instrument is oboe but I was also accepted as a piano major at Missouri State University; I played alto saxophone in their marching band, and I played clarinet in my high school's pep band.
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 also have experience teaching in the classroom and have worked with several marching bands in Missouri. 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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