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I am a recent graduate senior piano major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with secondary focuses on flute and organ. I grew up in Elderton and I have been in love with music since before I could read. I have had various opportunities throughout high school and college to perform on piano and flute. These experiences have made me who I am today. I enjoy teaching piano so much and am reading into piano pedagogy. I have plenty of experience and will be graduating in just a few short weeks. I can even help teach music theory alone if that is needed.
I've been playing the piano for 15 years, flute for 10 years,organ for 4 years, and guitar for 6 years. I will be graduating this semester in May! I have played in musical pits, put on my own recitals, as well as performed in various studio recitals and band concerts throughout my career as a musician. I have also played for three weddings. I encourage daily practicing on a consistent schedule for the best results for my students. I encourage my students the chance to perform at their churches or other family members in their house so they get used to performing in front of people. I enjoy working with young kids especially, but definitely enjoy my teenagers and adult students as well.
I typically start piano lessons with the Bastien Method books, but I have started using Piano Adventures by Faber and Faber, as well as Alfred's Adult Course and Hal Leonard for my adult piano students. For flute and guitar, I start with Hal Leonard's books to help get them started. For organ, I require students to have a solid background of piano skills before they start the organ. If they already have plenty of experience, I will get them the books that are needed depending on their level. Most organ students already have background in reading music, so we would not have to start at the very beginning levels.
I have my students record how long they practice each day to see if they meet the required goal of practicing 15mins-30 minutes for a beginner student every day, to up to an hour of practice for more advanced students. If they achieve the goal of practicing from 5-7 times a week, they will be rewarded in some way to show that I appreciate their hard work with candy/stickers. If they do not achieve the goal, they will not receive an award. Setting time, even just for a few minutes a day, is better than nothing at all.
I have had the good fortune of studying under Holly for about a month now, and I can tell you, she is the real deal. Music is her passion and her life. She is someone who will care about your progress. To that end, she isn't afraid to "get you" on your mistakes (you can't get away with anything!), but that's always a good thing, and she teaches with the same values that she holds dear to herself. I once had a high school band director who demanded only the best from us, saying he would not accept (in his exact words) a "rinky dink" performance. And neither will Holly. If you share Holly's passion for music, you will do just fine with her.
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