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Bachelor Degree: Mercyhurst University
2006 Mary D'Angelo School of Music Scholarship
2006 - Black Family Scholarship
I started with my music studies since I was 7 years old and I can say it has been one of my biggest joys I have in my life, and as such I am passionate about it and it is why I like to share that joy with the audience, as well as students. I started playing in different countries in my mid teens while I was attending the conservatory I was studying music at as a cello student, which fueled my desire to continue pursuing my music career. After graduating high school/conservatory I was able to get a scholarship to come to study to the United States of America at Mercyhurst University graduating on 2012 as a Bachelor of Music with concentrating in studies of composition and cello performance.
While I was attending my high school, which also happens to be a music conservatory, my cello teacher used to say that we should be able to teach each other techniques and fingerings because he was not going to be always able to be in school orchestra with us, so I remember, as the principal cellist of my orchestra, that I was always teaching others fingerings and techniques and so were my mates, in that way we could perform how our conductor would ask us. After high school, I became a music teacher at a bilingual school, working there and gaining experience in teaching while working with students ranging from the ages of 7 to 11 during 2 years, as well as functioning as the principal cellist of the Honduran Philharmonic. While still in my country, I gave private lessons to several young people from different ages and levels and after I came here to college, I became a mentor of various cello students in a summer children music festival, as well as having private cello students.
I follow my teacher's teaching because I have seen that it has worked on so many other people that have become amazing performers, and since my teacher is from the old German school, he is very strict in how technique should be learned. For beginners I start with Friedrich Dotzauer "113 Cello Etudes" to form foundation and technique, After a good foundation, the intermediate level is with Friedrich Dotzauer Exercises for the cello Book 1 and book 2, at this point some repertoire will be introduced to the student as well as the style of repertoire piece that will be studied and practiced, the student will pick repertoire so it can be fun for both parties. I also like to held "music appreciation" time, where we listen not only to the student music but also other pieces that might make the lesson more interestingly.
As a passionate musician I like to give my all when it comes to music; I love to have fun with my students and will work with each of them, tailoring my lessons to each because each of us is different and will learn in different ways but I will expect for my students to practice so each student can work to their potential and feel how they are progressing in their craft, because there is nothing more rewarding to see yourself going forward because of the work you have done. I like to observe when I teach my students so I can assign the adequate repertoire to each person according to their strengths and where they are lacking of, so we can work together towards that goal and polish those techniques that were not strong before.
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