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BA, Wingate University, Choral Music Education w/ Religious Studies Minor (IN PROGRESS) AA, Central Piedmont Comm. College, Music Education/Jazz Bass (2012)
Ever since I was a child I had wanted to be a teacher. When I got to Central Piedmont Community College I focused on music education because I knew I wanted to teach music theory in college. After transferring to Wingate University I began studying choral music education because I was fascinated by how the voice works and blends with other voices in a choir situation. I have had the opportunity to study rock bass, jazz bass, classical guitar, piano, and even private voice lessons from private lessons all the way up through college level lessons and these lessons have given me such a drive and passion for not only music, but music education.
I have experience participating in, working with, and conducting college level choirs and I am still gaining experience. I have also passed Piano Proficiency in my undergrad education. This proficiency test covers major and minor scales in all twelve keys in two octaves with proper fingering, playing a piece from memory, sight reading open score (a four-part choral work), and I have had to harmonize a melody using the three basic I, IV, V7 chords in a major key and i, iv, V7 chords in a minor key. I have been playing bass for eight years, guitar on and off for about five or six years, piano for four years, voice for two years, and classical guitar for a year and a half. I have experience in tutoring college level music theory and I have given bass and guitar lessons on and off since I first started playing. I also have real experience teaching general music and choir to real elementary and middle schoolers, grades K-8. I just love the feeling being able to be part of a students education. I want my students to see that I have a passion for music and I want them to see that it affects me. I want my students to see this everyday and hopefully my passion for music will influence them and their passion for music as well!
For me, it is easier for me to hear a rhythm or melody while looking at it. It is easier for me to grasp and understand the rhythm and melody in terms of the context of the piece. Same with my teaching. I will always demonstrate a scale or rhythm or chord for a student before having the student attempt it by themselves. After we work through the example together, I will have them try playing it alone and if a particular area needs to be fixed I will address it, make sure the student understands, and move on from there.
I like to know what it is the student wants to learn. It is very important that the student has a grasp on the fundamentals of music and music theory so they can understand what it is they are learning, but every student should have the opportunity to adjust and set their own pace. I also want my students to have their passion and drive for music to be renewed every week after each lesson. I want the students to leave each lesson wondering about what they might be learning next!
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