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Music Education at Temple University
2018- Temple University Boyer School of Music Scholarship
As a music educator, my legacy will be to cultivate a life-long passion and appreciation for music within each and every student. Since I was a young child, music has been an integral part of my life. I’ve had formal training and performed internationally and across the continental United States in an award-winning jazz band, Pennsylvania State Championship marching band, elite School of Rock House Band, symphonic bands, collegiate ensembles, orchestras, pit bands, pep bands and rock bands. I’ve performed at a wide variety of venues like Union Transfer with artists such as Jennifer Baten, Doug Wimbish, David Uosikkinen, Lita Ford, and others. My varied experiences provide me with broad capabilities, enabling my teaching to resonate with a greater number of students.
I have experience teaching music at the Fort Washington School of Rock’s Rookies Program which consisted of performance-based, group lessons that included exposure to music fundamentals, and experience playing all of the major rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and vocals). Through my eight years with The School of Rock (SoR), I imparted my love for music to children and inspired their journeys through The Rookies and SoR 101 programs, individual lessons, summer camps, rehearsals, shows and eventually tours. I think it’s important to note that I have over 15 years of experience as a student of music and through this formal education, I have observed teachers, analyzed techniques, identified best practices, and formulated a point of view about music education that I have assimilated into my instruction. My experience has taught me that successful music education prioritizes fun, encouragement, inspiration, and connecting with the students. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Temple University’s Boyer School of Music. My course work has provided me with a wide variety of methods and techniques so that I can reach more students and share my passion for music.
For students who are just starting to learn a new instrument, I would start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements method book. As the student progresses and has a good understanding of the fundamentals, I begin to introduce solo repertoire that is appropriate for their skill level. I try to find out what all of my students are interested in, and I adjust my instruction accordingly to make sure that the lessons are always engaging, and fun. For students who are more experienced, I try to find out their understanding of fundamentals, current skill level, and see what music they have played before so that we can decide where to start with lessons.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! My teaching style consists of instilling a passion for music, and creating enthusiasm to learn in a safe, nurturing environment that welcomes participation, practice and music exploration. I believe that making emotional connections with the students helps to foster motivation and personal accomplishments. I think it is very important to make sure that learning the fundamentals is fun, and intriguing for the students. It is also important to fuel the student’s desire to learn, by acknowledging their accomplishments, as well as showing them new techniques that give them challenges that they are capable of achieving.
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