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BS, Cairn University, Bible and Music Education
2015-2012- Performed with Sight & Sound Theatres
2105- Performed with Servant Stage Company
2013- Performed as a soloist with The Lancaster Chorale and Orchestra
2012- Performed with PRIMA Theatres
2011- AMTC Role Model Performer Award
I am an enthusiatic teacher/performer who comes from a family of trained musicians. I enjoy sharing my real world and professional experience in music with the students i instruct. I began my training at an early age bring apprenticed in voice and learning the basics of teaching music in a classroom enviornment. after many years of study, I graduated from Carirn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Music Education. While in university my main focus was on vocal training, but I never gave up my love for woddwinds and brass instruments either. In the last 25 years I've had the priviledge of performing all over the US and Europe as a soloist and in numerous groups.
My teaching experience began back in my adolence years, when I was hired to be a choir director at an inner city church.I continued to teach all through my high school years, where I was discovered and offered scholarships by several music schools and conservatories. I expanded my love for teaching and performing as a Student Instructor while teaching in the School of Music and Performing Arts at university. Practice and discipline are an important part of becoming an accomplished musicican but if the student doesn't have passion for what they're doing, then its all in vein. That's my goal as a teacher, to help the student bring technique and passion together to create the master piece which is their talent.
Each student is unique in their own way, from how they learn to how they produce an end product. But one thing I stress in my teaching with all students is demonstration, imitation and repetition. The old adage that says, "practice makes perfect", is not always right. If the student is practice wrong, they will perform it wrong. I believe its my responsibility to demonstrate how it is done right so they can imitate it right and make sure that they are repeating it correctly. I use multiple materials in trianing the students and I also respect the sacrifice of the parents in getting them lessons, so much uf the material is made by me with specific focus on that student. I do use some of the Hal Leonard's Essential Elements Series material cause it is consistent and user friendly. My end goal is to equip the student with the tools to recognize when they're not producing the proper effect desired and know how to fix it immediately.
My greatest joy in teaching is seeing my students surpass me and go on to become musicians that love expressing their souls through song! It is my desire to see each student progress at their own rate without stress. first I make it a point to find out why they want to learn and where do they picture themselves going with this ability. Once we have established realistic goals for the student I like to encourage them to try out for competitions and music groups, so that they are exercising their talents effectively. They will be taught the basic techniques of handling their instrument, theory and stage presence. I want them to walk away a well rounded individual who can impact the lives of those around them.
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