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Bachelor or Music, Eastman School of Music, Clarinet Performance Master of Music, Lynn University Conservatory, Clarinet Performance
2016- Grand Prize, Lyric Chamber Music Society Competition at Lynn University 2016- Chamber Music Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival 2015- Guest Artist for Music Inspire Africa in Zimbabwe and South Africa
From the second I was handed a clarinet on my 10th birthday, I knew that I wanted to spend my life playing music. I loved it so much that I even chose to go to music school on Saturdays (!!!) every week from 7th to 12th grade. I studied at the Eastman School of Music where I earned my Bachelor degree, and at Lynn Conservatory for my Masters. Music has taken me all over the world to perform and teach- from castles in Italy to orphanages in Zimbabwe, it has lead me to places some people only dream of. I have also been fortunate enough to play with many great ensembles like the American Ballet Theater, Louisiana and Buffalo Philharmonics, and the American Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Music is my life and I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love everyday.
My first taste of teaching was in the seventh grade. My band teacher wanted me to help some other students with the clarinet. I loved helping others and have been teaching ever since. I have been maintaining my own studio while also working at several schools and studios. I was the clarinet teacher at the North Broward Prep School in Florida, Plumosa School of the Arts, and Seminole Ridge High School. I am currently the music director at the Nord Anglia International School of NY. I have taught a wide range of ages of students that come from very diverse backgrounds. The best feeling in the world for me is when a student realizes that anything is possible. The look in a student's eyes when they can finally play something that have been working on? I wouldn't trade it for the world.
My favorite books to use for students are the Rubank and Klose methods along with the Albert Scale book. My curriculum is created personally for each student based on their needs, progress rate, and level. No matter what the age, I begin with long tones, which really help to build endurance and control of air. Proper usage of air is top priority with wind instruments. I also love to work on slow to finger exercises to ensure that the fingers being used efficiently and properly. Listening and using your ears is also extremely important, so I make sure that my students listen to clarinetists as well as other role model musicians.
My college clarinet professor used to have a saying. "It is all available to you". I teach my students using this same motto. Playing the clarinet should never feel like a chore, or something that they have to feel stressed and worried about. From day one, I make sure that with every new note and concept, that they feel comfortable and at ease. My goal is to make clarinet and music fun, something that they genuinely love to do. My teacher's have all done this for me, and I aim to do the same with my students.
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