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MM, The University of Oklahoma, Percussion Performance, BS, Elon University, Percussion Performance
I'm very excited to be teaching lessons here at Musika Lessons. I've been been performing and teaching for 20 years, covering all kinds of genres and styles. My journies have taken me from Ohio, to North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas City, and more. I strive to instill a passion for playing and practicing. I have high energy and a drive for passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of musicians. I strongly believe anyone can play, and music is something that will stick with you for the rest of your life, whether you're enjoying a concert, or jamming with the band! I look forward to working with you!!!
I started my life as a percussionist in 5th grade. Once I hit high school, I knew music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I still remember what it was like to perform with friends, in front of parents, on stages and on fields. Those moments still push me to be a better performer every day. I started giving lessons while in college working on my Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. I played with every type of group the university had to offer, including jazz bands, orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, percussion ensembles, steel drum ensembles, hand drum groups, musicals, accompaniment for the dance department, student recitals, rock bands, drum and bugle corps, and more. I continued with these groups while obtaining my Masters degree in Music performance, along with teaching undergraduate percussion majors, teaching university percussion ensembles, and assisting with the teaching of music major courses. Since coming back to Ohio in 2008, I've had the pleasure of performing with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Yellow Springs Symphony, several groups performing German music in the Cincinnati area (Hofbrau House), and have taught with Springboro schools, Butler schools, and Bellbrook schools. I also maintain and active performance schedule, playing with several area bands.
There are several books and web sites that I use to teach from, as well as a large personal library of method books and performance pieces from all genres. All are affordable and can be obtained at local music stores or online. I can make recommendations on books, sticks, drum pads, beginner or more advanced drum sets (as well as hardware, cymbals, ect.). I include music reading and, where appropriate, music theory into lessons. This helps to make a more rounded student, ensuring that they will fit well into any ensemble they should choose to be a part of. I focus on correct technique, and making a good sound on the instrument every time. Playing well is fun!
Every student is different. Having only one teaching style would be very limiting and would eventually push some students away. I try to find out how each student best receives information, as well as what motivates them to play and become a better musician. From here I can form the lesson around the student's needs, making sure that we are both successful in the process. I try to have fun during lessons and create a personal bond with my students. I enjoy watching them grow and develop as we play together. I use positive reinforcement, pointing out things that are played well, and then work with the student on things that need development. I encourage practice journals so that progress can be tracked by students, teachers, and myself.
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