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BM, Florida Gulf Coast University, Percussion Performance
2015 - Florida Gulf Coast University Music Scholarship
2016-2018 - Member of the of the Florida Gulf Coast University Honors Percussion Quartet
2018 - Performed with Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
2019 - Percussionist for the FMEA Florida Intercollegiate Band
I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I’ve been playing drums and percussion for almost 15 years. In 2014, I graduated with my AA degree in Music from Valencia College in Orlando, FL, and in 2018 I graduated with my BA in Music Performance from Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL. Throughout my years studying higher education, I have performed in countless academic and professional settings that have allowed me to have allowed me to fully grasp what it means to be a professional musician. Performing within these settings has been one of the greatest joys of my life and have continued to be so as to this day.
As a recent graduate, I consistently taught many students throughout my experience studying higher education. During this time, I was able to teach 60-80 students both privately and within an ensemble setting. Encouraging students to become motivated and inspired in a variety of creative ways is one of my main key points that I love to emphasize for younger students, as it tends helps students to progress and gain a passion for the instruments they're working with. I've also found that having the students utilize their interests and incorporating them into their musical studies can go a long way in helping students enjoy playing percussion/drums and motivating them to further progress. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job!
For beginning students, especially those that are children, I typically will focus on teaching basic technique and fundamentals through the use of in-depth demonstrations, written out exercises, and exercises found in a variety of beginner's method books. Once the student has progressed to the point of having a good grasp of the basics, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire, song play-alongs, and/or a variety of more in-depth exercises based on the student's abilities. For adults, I try to find what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level. Regardless of the student's age or ability level, I tend to focus on teaching concepts such as time keeping, use of rudiments, hand-foot coordination, trading fours, dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, note reading, and improvisation/soloing.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants/needs and strive to make the experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible for them.
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