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Bachelor Degree: Grand Valley State University
Master Degree: New York University
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2018, I graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. I am currently working on my Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at New York University (NYU). As a performer, I have played all over the United States touring three times with the GVSU New Music Ensemble. I also have performed with the GVSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, GVSU Symphony Orchestra, NYU Orchestras, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the NYU New Music Ensemble. My playing can be heard on the GVSU New Music Ensemble album RETURN, which was released in 2017, and also on the GVSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble album Under Western Skies, released in 2016.
My first experience teaching began in 2014 when I began working marching band camps as the flute tech. I was responsible for helping the students learn marching fundamentals and drill for the show, in addition to running music related sectionals with the flute section daily. I started teaching privately in the fall of 2017, teaching middle school and high school students. At NYU, I am an Adjunct Flute Instructor teaching non-music majors flute lessons, and have had a wide range of students at NYU - beginners all the way to advance players.
For beginning students, I start with the Douglas Steensland Flute Student books. For intermediate and advanced students, I focus on memorization of scales in addition to working out of Taffanel and Gaubert's 17 Daily Exercises, etude books (i.e., Melodious and Progressive series), and standard flute repertoire. My goal as a teacher is to help the students improve their overall musicianship, while also addressing each students personal goals. While I have listed books I work out of with students, I am always interested in hearing what the student would like to play and work on those pieces/songs as well.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students progress throughout lessons, and to see them get as excited about it as I do! I tailor lessons to each individual student by focusing on the areas of which they would like to improve. I help students achieve their goals by giving them specific assignments for the following lesson. While working on these goals, I keep things light by using analogies that reference daily life, and are sometimes comical. Not only does this keep things fun and light in the lesson, analogies also provide another way of explaining concepts to students that might make more sense than the technical explanation.
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