BM, College-Conservatory of Music, Music Education (December)
I've played piano since I was six and have loved music for many years. My wish is to spread such love for music and hopefully inspire my students in the future. I will graduate with a Bachelors of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati in December. I've had many performance opportunities from accompanying choirs of all ages, to singing in mixed ensembles for my peers, to singing in ensembles for nursing homes. I have also had opportunities to conduct pieces at choral concerts. I've given more piano recitals that I can count and was even able to perform during my time teaching in Japan!
I've had quite extensive experiences in teaching. Teaching and tutoring began during my high school days. I would help out after classes or teach piano on the side. Coming up will be my 6th year in teaching piano. I've also tutored my peers all throughout college in music theory, musicianship, and ear/aural training. I've interned at an elementary school for a semester teaching general music. I was even able to get the opportunity to go to Japan for three months and teach English and translate for the United States Navy. Coming up in the fall, I will be student teaching and directing a high school choir to finish up my degree.
All of my beginning piano students will be learning the five finger scales and hand placement. I will always integrate advanced theory techniques when teaching my students because I believe that this will be beneficial in the long run as they progress to intermediate and advanced levels. For advanced students, they will be expected to learn the notes on their own as per the standard of that level so that the lessons can be focused on artistry, performance etiquette, and interpretations. For older students and adults in the beginner level, I try to encourage them to learn fundamentals before taking on pop tunes or preferred repertoire as to build finger independence and dexterity.
I believe that it is the teacher duty not only to impart the wisdom expected of them, but to also guide the students in their academic endeavors. While I understand that each and every student is unique in their learning and progress, I will always strive to push my students forward and sometimes out of their comfort zones as to be better performers, better musicians, and better people. That being said, although I'm strict with the work assigned of my students, I'll always be lenient in terms of understanding that there is never one single way of learning something. My students should never be afraid to ask questions.