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BA, Elizabethtown College, Music BA, Elizabethtown College, Religious Studies
2009 - Elizabeth K. Frank Memorial Music Scholarship
2009-2013 - Accompanist/vocalist for Elizabethtown College Concert Choir (including tours to Nashville, Ireland, and Brazil)
2012 - Grace C. Blough Merit Scholarship (music)
2012 - Performed junior recital (piano)
2013 - Performed senior recital (piano)
2013 - completed thesis for Elizabethtown College Honors Program and for Honors in the Discipline in Music and Religious Studies
I am passionate about the beauty of music and helping others to understand it and express it. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and in Religious Studies from Elizabethtown College (May 2013), and graduated from the college's Honors Program. I have experience as a soloist, accompanist for various instruments and ensembles, piano teacher, a choir member, and a worship leader on both piano and guitar.
My teaching experience began in a pedagogy class in college. I was not a music education major, so I thought I wouldn't make a good teacher. What I discovered through my teaching experiences was, however, that I really enjoyed getting to know my students and watching them grow in knowledge and passion for music. I've found that when I both listen to my student's wants and needs AND challenge them with new and different things, they really thrive and actually enjoy their time with me!
I don't use a single method for all my students; rather, I assess their needs and then choose or create a method. I do, however, always start students in a lesson book series. I typically Faber's Piano Adventures or Adult beginner books, although I have also used the American Popular Piano lesson series. I also create technique exercises (scales, arpeggios, etc.) for students each week. As the student progresses through the lesson series, I begin to add solo repertoire and to encourage memorization. In addition to classical methods, I try to incorporate some popular/jazz styles into my teaching as well, teaching chord reading and improvisation.
Just as my teachers have invested time and energy into teaching me as an individual, so I see each student as an individual who learns and performs differently. There is no single right way to teach, so I am always trying to learn about new and different methods and, most importantly, to learn from my students about how they learn best. I encourage them to have confidence in their playing, to enjoy what they play, and to pick out their own mistakes and accomplishments. I'm not here to create imitators of me (although that's how it usually begins), but to create individual musicians who play with passion.
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