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Bachelor Degree: Arkansas Tech University, Master Degree: University of North Carolina-Greensboro
January 2020- Monroe Symphony Concerto Competition, Woodwind/Brasswind division winner
Summer 2019- NYU Broadway Winds Masterclass Participant
Summer 2019- Texas Summer Flute Symposium Participant
Spring 2019- Arkansas Tech Concerto Competition, First Place
Spring 2019- Delta Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Finalist
I am a music educator and performer from Arkansas. I moved to the area to further my studies at UNC Greensboro. Some of my interests outside of music include cooking, fishing, and playing with my cat. I have been teaching for over 5 years now. I am a very open minded instructor and believe that lessons should be structured around every students' needs. I have experience with teaching students as young as 10 years of age to students who were 40 years of age. I have also had students place into honor bands at the regional and state levels in Arkansas.
My teaching began in the first year of my undergraduate degree. I was hired on as an adjunct to coach sectionals for a small school who later went on to get high marks on their marching assessment that year. Following that, I taught lessons to those same students. These students were able to place high in honor bands. I also have experience with teaching students who were starting on day one of playing. Even though I have participated in many competitions, it is not something that I require from my students. I think finding what a happy medium between what the student likes and how to make musical progress has been successful in my teaching,
For beginning students, we will spend a good amount of the first few lessons in developing core fundamentals. Once we have a solid foundation, I will start to add in some exercises. I work out of many books to expose my students to different methods of playing. For more advanced students, I will work with them on developing more characteristic sounds. We will also dive into deeper topics such as tone color, articulation style, and period specific styles. I encourage my students to branch out and play music that also makes them happy.
As a teacher, I am always wanting to see my students enjoy what is happening in the music. I have wide spectrum of students that I have taught. Some have wanted to play an instrument casually and others wanted to go into the performance route. I am flexible when it comes to my teaching. If a student wants a more serious lesson setting, I can give that to them. If a student is feeling overwhelmed by the lesson load, I can change that as well. My main goal as a teacher is to create students who will enjoy the process of creating and sharing music for many, many years.
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