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Currently working towards: Master of Arts, Berklee College of Music, Music Therapy; Bachelor of Music, University of Evansville, Music Therapy; MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist; NICU-MT, Member of National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy
I began to take music lessons 20 years ago. When it came time for me to choose a degree and career path, I sought the idea of music therapy - using music to benefit and help others. After learning that career did exist, I completed my education and training to become a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). I understand deeply on a personal and cognitive level the importance of music, and how it shapes and moulds a person's personality and ability to connect with the world around them. I am always excited to teach someone the fundamentals of music in order to help them understand music, and learn how it can positvely affect their life in the unique way only music can.
I have been playing piano for almost 20 years, with professional gigs beginning about 10 years ago. Piano was not my primary instrument in college, but I used the piano to connect with my musical and emotional expression while I studied my music degree, throughout my internship, and out into the professional world when I began practicing music therapy full time. I quickly began to teach beginning and intermediate piano lessons to help connect with kids and adults who were looking to develop those same musical skills and passion for music. I love to see students grow from having no musical knowledge into someone who chooses to play the piano and express themselves on their own. Teaching someone else the power of music is a wonderful gift!
All of my students learn piano classically, but I focus on finding other genres and styles that will help the student become connected with the music they learn to create. Students can expect to have structured lessons that incorporate technique exercises, rhythmic foundations, music theory, and repetoire that is appropriate for their age and ability. Each student will be assigned "homework" every week that is encouraging and motivates them to practice on their own. Families are encouraged to be a part of the learning process but are not expected to have any musical knowledge in order for their student to succeed.
I lead structured lessons but work with each individual to determine a lesson style that best meets their need. As a music therapist, I am trained and qualified to work with a variety of individuals with different abilities. Through my years as a music therapist and piano teacher, I have honed my skills in patience, encouragement, flexibility, understanding, and compassion for every person I work with. My goals are always to lead students towards developing their own understanding of, and passion for, the music they learn to create.
Erin is great with my daughter. She always looks forward to her piano lesson every week and is really learning alot.
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