BM, University of Idaho, Music Performance
2012—University of Idaho Concerto Competition Winner (Glazunov Concerto) 2012—North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Finalist (soprano) 2011—Lionel Hampton Scholarship Recipient
I am a dedicated professional who continually strives to better herself in all activities (especially music!). I have a passion for helping others achieve their musical goals and to improve their playing in whatever genre they desire. Whether it be jazz, classical, or popular transcriptions, music is music. During my Bachelor of Arts degree in Saxophone Performance, I spent countless hours performing in with piano accompaniment in recitals, in saxophone quartets, in jazz bands, and in various other small ensembles. Overall, I am versatile and thorough in my musical pursuits.
My teaching experience reaches back to my college days. Whether teaching private lessons to individual students, giving feedback to fellow students, or teaching large groups, I have both private and professional experience teaching. Through varied methods based upon each student's individual needs, I target the areas of each student's playing that most needs improvement. By tailoring each lesson to the individual student, I encourage my students to succeed at their own pace and with maximum results. Together, we can improve and foster a lifelong enjoyment of music!
For beginning students, I usually employ the Rubank method books. These books, while not as flashy as others, are exceptional for building technique, musicality, and reading skills. In addition, my students focus upon proper tone production, technique, and posture as we explore their musical preferences. I encourage my students to explore the genres of music that they enjoy as well. Through fun Disney excerpts, jazz transcriptions, pop music, or any other passion, we keep our lessons productive, yet fun. At the end of the day, each student knows what we have worked on and what we will focus upon next week to make progress while having a good time.
Because each student progresses at his or her own pace, I am extremely patient and encouraging in each lesson—music should be a relaxing, fun pastime free of anxiety and stress about progressing overly rapidly. We will work hard, but we will remember the underlying joy that comes from making music! Therefore, each lesson will target areas of improvement in each student's playing, while positively reinforcing each student's success as we progress each week. Even during difficult lessons, there are multitudes of positive moments that happen!