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Studied Music Performance-Flute, Music Education, and English Literature at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. (5 years).
-UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble competition, 2005-2006.
-Soloist for Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Concert Band (2006-2008)
I am a warm, creative, fun, persistant person. My passion for music and culture are unparalleled. With me a student will be inspired, and I work hard to fill them with a wonder and respect for music that will fuel their creative spirit and help them grow. I love to talk about culture and how music affects us in our daily lives. I am always willing to learn and grow, and encourage my students to do the same.
I have been studying all aspects of flute culture since I discovered my father's old flute in a box when I was 7. I fell in love the first time I heard him play, and knew then that I would grow up to study music and perform. I began formal instruction in school at the age of 10, and quickly earned the top place in my beginners class. From then on I participated in the top ensemble of my middle and high schools, and went on to act as featured soloist for the concert and marching ensembles. I began teaching in my 8th grade year, taking on beginning flute students and continuing on with them as they grew in profficiency and eventually joined the ranks of the High School band program. During my time at Calallen High School, I taught private lessons, as well as conducted the Marching Band as Drum Major, and taught the entire ensemble. I continued to teach and give private instruction throughout my college experience. I began studying music performance in university in 2006, under the tutelage of Dr. Sara Gill. Dr. Gill had just returned from an amazing study abroad with Trevor Wye and his studio, and was able to offer cutting edge techniques. After my first year of University Dr. Gill moved, and I was subsequently passed to the instruction of the amazing Dr. Naomi Seidman. I studied under Dr. Seidman for the next 4 years of my education, and performed every semester in both the Concert ensembles and the Flute Choir at the music school. My Sophomore year of college I was elected President of the TAMUK Flute Choir, and helped to fund trips around the state to perform for students. I was also a performing member of the TAMUK Mariachi Javelina, and have performed with them in San Antonio for their annual competition for Mariachi Vargas.
My greatest interest in music rests in Ethnomusicology. I have a particular passion for traditional Celtic music, and am proficient in the Tin Whistles. I also dabble in traditional Native American flutes, and own instruments from Guatamaula and the indigenous tribes of Alaska. With my teaching comes a deep appreciation for music, the message it sends, and the way that music culture affects the people around us. I continue to expand my knowledge of cultural musics, and would love the opportunity to pass that knowledge on to my students. Please feel free to contact me for more information!
I prefer a direct, open, creative approach to teaching. I like to get to know my students well, and try to appeal to their greatest areas of interest. I aim to teach the loving and fun nature of music, to expand students' minds, and to provide them with food for thought and methods for improving. I customize each lesson for the student and our mutual expectations. I love to play with my student, finding that aural learning is very effective and allows the student to become comfortable with performance.
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