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Bachelors of Music, Oklahoma State University, Music Performance Masters of Music, University of Minnesota, Music Performance Masters of Science, Syracuse University, Music Education
1989-Oklahoma All State Orchestra, Tulsa Youth Symphony, Quartz Mountain Orchestra
1989-1993 Music and Academic Scholarships, Oklahoma State University
1993-1995 Music Scholarship, University of Minnesota
1999-2003 Member of the New York State Music Educators Wind Ensemble
2000-2010 New York State Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator
I love teaching music and am very excited to have the chance to teach new students in the Tulsa area. I grew up in Broken Arrow where I was a member of the Pride playing flute and piccolo. I also was in the Tulsa Youth Symphony and All State Orchestra. I am very happy to be back in the Tulsa area. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma State University, Master of Music degree from University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. I have over 20 years of private lesson teaching experience and 14 years of experience teaching music in the classroom. I have taught private lessons to piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone students. I love teaching and I love sharing my knowledge and love of music with my students.
I have over twenty years of private lesson experience. I began teaching private lessons to flute students in Ponca City High School while I was a student at Oklahoma State University. I have taught privately for over twenty years with experience teaching flute, piano, clarinet, and saxophone. While I was in Minnesota, I began teaching private piano lessons in people's home in a program similar to Musika. I then moved to New York where I taught lessons at DeSantis School of music and then had a private studio for the ten years I lived there. I taught band in New York, specializing in woodwinds and began teaching private lessons during the summer breaks. I also was an adjudicator in New York state for the Solo and Ensemble contests held throughout the state. I have taught ages 4 through adults and have a great deal of experience teaching special needs students both in the classroom and in private lessons. Having recently moved to the Tulsa area, I am trying to build up my private students because I love teaching them, getting to know the students, sharing my love and knowledge of music, and watching them grow in their skills and love of music.
For piano students, I like to use the Alfred Books. They have books for young beginners, older beginners, through adults. The books also have songs the students know, and additional books with a variety of styles. They are written in a clear, manner that explains new skills and moves slowly so students won't get discouraged. I also add music for the seasons or in the style the students like often written by myself. For flute, clarinet, and saxophone I generally start with the methods that they use in band, for example Yamaha method and I decide after the first few lessons what they need help with and assign more music from there. I also talk to the students about what kinds of music they like to play and try to find music that has cd accompaniment making it fun to play at home and also developing their listening skills. I want to make music fun so I talk to the students about the kinds of music they listen to, find music that they will enjoy that is on their level, and supplement their methods with other music. This encourages students to practice because they are learning while having fun.
I am very patient with my students. I stay positive and encourage their improvements. I review material that they are having trouble with and encourage them to keep trying. I make sure they are progressing in their book at a pace that works for them so they will continue to learn but not get overwhelmed. I encourage them to practice because that will help them improve faster and try to find music they will enjoy playing that will make them want to practice. I come up with new methods to fit with each student whether it is a young child who doesn't read yet that needs new methods to learn their music letters or a special needs student who needs to get up from the piano every five minutes and walk before continuing. That is the joy and challenge for me with teaching lessons, trying to come up with methods that will work with each individual students. Often the most challenging students are the most rewarding experiences for me personally.
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