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Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts Amherst
I am a multi-instrumentalist teacher, arranger, and composer who values the fundamentals of music along with finding every student's spark of creativity. In 2018, I graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. Since early childhood, I've been studying music and practicing singing, piano, and trombone. I was able to learn and grow because of my teachers. I've had great opportunities to perform at venues like The House of Blues, The Hatch Shell, and Symphony Hall in Boston, MA.
Currently, I work as a piano accompanist and lesson instructor at a K-8 music school. This occupation allows me to work with a wide variety of students with different interests and ability levels. It has been extremely rewarding to help these students grow and appreciate music in deeper ways. Throughout high school and college I would also teach multiple students with different instruments. No matter the instrument or music style, I always want to help connect the student's interests to their pursuit of music.
When I start out with a student, I want to know what music they like to listen to and what they want to learn to play. I always find that it is important to connect the music to what the student is passionate about. This connection allows them to be even more excited about learning music theory fundamentals and scales, which are the building blocks to greater musical expertise. When students are more experienced, I like to usually give them two pieces to work on at a time, one that really refines their techniques, and one that is meant to challenge and grow them.
While every individual student is different, I approach every lesson I teach with the same support and encouragement in the student's playing. I believe that support and enthusiasm augments the student's drive and willingness to learn and improve, even when practicing can sometimes be difficult. The goal is that even after the lesson is over, the student will be thinking about what they want to play next time, and new things they want to learn. My lessons will be fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding.
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