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Bachelor Degree: Shepherd University
2018 - Awarded Mcmurran Scholar
2018 - Shepherd University School of Music Piano Student of the Year
My love and passion for music extends even further into my love for teaching music to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. I am a recent graduate from Shepherd University, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano performance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I have had the opportunity to perform in a number of different settings, including as the pianist in the Shepherd University Community Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Piano Ensemble. I also have experience accompanying for the Shepherd University Youth Chorus, and a number of other choral ensembles.
I began teaching piano in high school, and my passion for teaching only grow further through my college career. With six years of teaching experience, I have had the pleasure of instructing students of all ages, from excited and energized four year old children, to wonderful adults in retirement looking to discover the joy of playing piano. I have experience teaching a mixture of musical genres, from classical, to jazz, to modern music such as pop. I ask questions and encourage students to be open with me about what their goals are for lessons, and make sure to lead them in the direction in which they would like to go.
It is my goal to ensure that students always have fun during lessons, and learn that making mistakes and growing from them is an important and rewarding part of learning a musical instrument. For beginning students between the ages of 3-14, I typically use Faber's Piano Adventures method book series. These books offer a well rounded introduction to music theory and performance, while also including fun and exciting songs that students can play over and over again. I also use my own supplemental activities, such as flash cards, games, and other fun activities. For teenagers and adults, I like to first discover their goals for lessons, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep lessons interesting and enjoyable. I encourage all of my students to practice regularly and to memorize music for recitals and for their own musical growth.
Enjoyment of music and the cultivation of creativity and self discipline are the primary goals behind my teaching philosophy. No student is the same, and therefore all of my lesson plans are crafted to support the pace and learning style of each individual student. I do not believe in criticizing a student. A warm environment full of encouragement and productive critique with facilitate further enjoyment of music and growth as a musician. I follow my students passions and always try to make sure they have something fun and exciting to work on amidst their lesson material, theory, and technique. I set realistic short term and long term goals for my students on a weekly and monthly basis, making sure to keep each students own needs and passions in mind. If nothing else, making sure each student leaves feeling fulfilled and with a continuing love for music is the goal I am most passionate about.
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