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Master of Music Performance (percussion) - University of North Carolina Greensboro (2019)
Bachelor of Music Performance (percussion) - Virginia Commonwealth University (2017)
Army Basic Music Course (percussion/drums) - U. S. Army School of Music (2019)
North Carolina Percussive Arts Society Solo Competition Winner, 2019
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, UNCG, 2017-2019
Donald Bick Music Scholarship, VCU 2016
I am a performer, teacher, composer, and creator. Music has always been an important part of my life and I love sharing my experiences and knowledge with students and audiences. I graduated from UNCG in spring of 2019 with a masters in percussion and have been freelancing and teaching in the Triad ever since. I enjoy playing and teaching both classical and popular music, and I also have experience composing for both genres. One of my greatest joys has been seeing my students learn and grow through studying and learning at their own pace.
My teaching experience dates back to my freshman year of college in 2013. I began teaching snare drum and drum set to one private student. As time went on through my undergraduate studies, I had a studio of twenty lessons students. Coupled with private lessons, I gained experience teaching high school percussion ensembles and I was a percussion instructor for marching bands. In my graduate studies, I had the amazing opportunity to teach collegiate level percussion ensembles and private lessons. So far, I've loved every teaching experience I've had and continue to feel passionate about music education.
When teaching drums or percussion to a beginner, I always start with basic stick-control and technique. I have numerous methods for progression but after some time, I always let the student's interests and goals lead the way. I have multiple snare drum/drum set method books that range from elementary to advanced skills to achieve growth. I'm also a firm believer in being able to play by ear (and reading). For example, when teaching drum set, I believe that listening skills are just as important as actually playing.
As stated previously, one of my greatest joys is seeing a student grow and thrive with a musical experience. I understand that not every one of my students will want to pursue music in their life, but music can bolster character, discipline, and creativity-- no matter their age. My methods include basic goal setting, encouraging and providing performance opportunity (no matter how small), and I also let the student's interests lead the way. Most importantly, I encourage exploration. I think that instituting practice time is necessary, no doubt, but the desire to learn on one's own is more important for further development.
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