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Bachelor's Degree, Music Education, Bowling Green University
Have performed a few World Premiers at BGSU New Music Festival, performed on WGTE Radio with the Enopohxas Quartet, placed 2nd in the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition.
I am a classically trained saxophonist with over five years of teaching experience. I have worked with students ages 10 through 40, in many different settings. I recently finished my student teaching placement, where I taught lessons on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. I also have experience teaching jazz band, marching band, concert band, and individual lessons. Although my main instrument is saxophone, I actually started on clarinet when I first joined band. Throughout my work at BGSU, I have been able to hone my skills in order to be the best educator I can be! I am always learning more, from students and colleagues, so I look forward to teaching and learning from my students.
I began teaching privately in my sophomore year of high school. I had always known that I wanted to become a music teacher, but this is the time of my life when I really started discovering my potential in the education community. Students that I have worked with have achieved Superior Ratings in OMEA Solo and Ensemble events, have been part of various honor bands and extra-curricular groups. My goal is to get students to become independent in their musicianship, learn how music can effect everyday life, and how they can share the joy of music with others.
There are quite a few method books that I like to use with my students. To start, I like to have students use the Beginner Rubank Method Book (the blue book) and work through this to get the basics down. After this, I like to choose some supplemental solo pieces that aren't in this book to help the students grasp the concepts that they have been working on, outside of what is shown in the book. From here, students will move onto the intermediate Rubank book, and then etude books as well to help develop technical skills. While working on all of this, students will be given scales to learn, based on the notes they know so far, in order to further develop their technical skills.
The best part of teaching is seeing the look in my student's eyes as something finally clicks for them. Helping students grow into independent musicians is my main goal as a teacher. I do this through helping the students understand all of the moving parts of music, like the theory behind what they are playing, so that they are able to transfer their knowledge to whatever music they will work on next. Students that are able to do this will enjoy learning new music that pushes, and challenges them, in ways that will develop their skills in an efficient way.
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