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Bachelor Degree: Limestone University
Mary H. Simpson Scholarship
Trent McSwain Scholarship
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I'm graduating from university with a music education degree December 2021 and am incredibly excited to assume my first school position. I am also excited to bring in more and more students throughout the year. I've had ample experience performing in band, solo, and orchestra. I have also been provided the wonderful opportunity of teaching both privately and in a classroom setting at Spartanburg High School.
I have been an employed private teacher at Lyman music city for 3 years, a student teacher at Spartanburg high school, and an individual contractor hired by Spartanburg high school to teach private lessons/sectionals. Assisting students in gaining a passion for music has always been the highlight of my career and I hope to pursue that goal with any and all students who enter my studio. Students will work on fundamentals as well as repertoire, composition, improvisation, and audiation, all while keeping pace with the student above all else. We all learn at different speeds and discover the beauty of music at our own pace, I hope to be a part of that incredible journey with all my students.
With beginning children in clarinet, we will start with the book they are currently using in band (typically essential elements or tradition of excellence). Once the basics have been grasped, we move on to method books with the choice of Rose or Rubank (depending on the student's skill level). Scales and arpeggios are also practiced every day and seen as a prerequisite to every practice session. Once the upper level books have been completed, orchestral excerpts and Cavallini's caprices will be introduced. Piano students will begin learning to read basic music notation, and then begin the piano adventures book as well as "The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences". Once 2 method books have been completed, simple repertoire from Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart will be introduced to the student in order to expand their knowledge into the wonderful world of classical music that we know. Electric and Bass guitar students will learn basic chord shapes, music theory, composition, improvisation, and scales/arpeggios. Concepts on guitar/bass as well as knowledge on how to use them are more important than anything else and therefore these will be focused on in order to create an incredibly able guitarist/bass guitarist.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Each student progresses at their own pace and therefore I am excited to discover that pace and run with it to the best of both our abilities. Positive reinforcement is my go to when it comes to motivation. Students will always respond well to a compliment, and take constructive criticism much better if they feel their hard work has first been acknowledged. For younger students, games and activities can also be introduced in order to further inspire learning and discovery.
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