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MM, Oklahoma City University, Cello Performance BS, Southern Nazarene University, Cello and Piano Performance
2015 - Solo performance with the Oklahoma City University Orchestra
2014 - Winner, concerto competition at Oklahoma City University
2011 - Winner, Oklahoma City Ladies Music club competition, Piano
2010 - Winner, John Hale String Scholarship at Southern Nazarene University
I am a freelance cellist who records and performs frequiently with local artist in the Oklahoma City Metro area. I also perform regularly with the Oklahoma City String Quartet. In 2015 I graduated from the Oklahoma City University with a Master's Degree in Cello Performance, and in 2013 from the Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Piano and Cello Performance. With my experience I am very proficient in a several music styles ranging from Classical, to pop, to rock.
I began teaching cello in the year 2007 as a way to help my high school orchestra teacher. From there I began to teach privately during my undergrad from 2008 and through my master's degree until present day. Currently I teach mainly through the Oklahoma Conservatory of Music. The age range that I am most experienced with is late elementary school and up. I have had student win solo competitions and place first chair in regional youth orchestral auditions.
I base my teaching out of the Schroeder Violoncello Methods for all ages along with the Schroeder 170 cello studes. Along with that I pick pieces that the student will find enjoyable as a means to keep them encouraged. Usually I introduce traditional classical repertoire at the beginning of their second year as the student is usually more comfortable with the instrument at that point.
Each student is different, therefore each strategy varies. However, my overall goal is to have the student enjoy learning how to play their instrument as well as help grow their passion and love for music. Before I begin teaching a student I always ask what they wish to achieve with their instrument. This way, I believe, is best to plan accordingly for each individual student.
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