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BM, University of Denver, Piano Performance
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. I gave two recitals at the Univeristy in 2010 and 2011, and performed Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in 2010. I am a member of Music Teachers National Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas, and I am a certified Suzuki Piano Instructor. My teaching philosophy is that every student has unique needs, and any student can succeed if the instruction is tailored to their learning processes.
I work with students of all ages, from as young as 4 years old to adult students. I use a variety of methods in my teaching to create a unique program for each student, including the Bastien Method, Faber Method, Music Tree Method, Alfred Method, and the Suzuki Method. My students are welcome to participate in private studio recitals as well as Aurora Music Teachers Association events, including Achievement Day, Four Forms Festival, Composition Festival, and the Adult Potluck. I have high expectations for my students. I expect my students to complete their assignment every week, attend every lesson, and follow the directions; the students who do so will make regular progress in their playing.
The Suzuki Method is particularly effective with children aged three to seven. A young child’s aural capabilities are greatest in the early years of life, and therefore a method which relies heavily on aural stimulation is most suitable. Three and four year old children do not yet have the mental capacities to read music from a page, but are able to learn to play very well by rote. The pupil will learn to read music after their playing abilities are well established. In the Suzuki program, the parent provides the proper home environment so that the child will succeed. Traditional Methodology is most effective with children aged 8-18. Children in this age range are ready to read notation, so this skill is taught from the beginning. The pupil is taught to identify the notes on the staff and keyboard, to recognize rhythmic structures, basic theory concepts such as key signatures, scales, chords, and forms, and the meanings of musical terms and signs. The different facets of the pupil’s musicianship mature together and produce a well rounded player.
Every student has unique needs. Any student will succeed if the instruction is tailored to their learning processes. Since every student learns in a different fashion, it is necessary to use both traditional methodology and Suzuki methodology in the studio. Each student is placed in the program that best suits their learning needs. My instruction is an blend of traditional western pedagogy and Suzuki pedagogy that is uniquely customized to the student.
His attention to detail is extraordinary and his zeal for self-development is unequaled. His artistry inspires those who hear him pursue the music both as a listener and a musician.
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