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BM, Evangel University, Music Education. String Primary
I’m a devoted music educator who cares about my students’ personal growth and development as musicians. In 2010 I graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelors of Music Education degree with a concentration in strings. I have performed all over the U.S. in my collegiate touring orchestra and even had the opportunity to go to Europe and perform there as well. I have also been selected twice to perform with the Trans Siberian Orchestra as a part of their pit orchestra and have been involved as an active musician within my community.
My teaching experience started several years ago when I was in high school. I was given the opportunity to teach some young beginning string players and I found that I really enjoyed seeing them develop and took great pride in their progress. I then went to college as a string player and played in multiple orchestras and took part in recitals nearly weekly during my time there. After college I started teaching private string lessons at a local music store. I had around 20 students I taught on a weekly basis ranging from the ages of 4 to 60; the majority being on the younger side. However, I think it’s never too late to learn an instrument! I am now an Orchestra Director at a local high school and teach privately as well. I love what I do and want to share my passion for music and the pride that comes with the mastery of an instrument with others.
For the beginning string player I like to start with a Hal Leonard method book to communicate and help string players master the basics. Once the student has progressed I will begin some solo repertoire from varying genres. I find it is always helpful to allow students to play music that they enjoy –- experiencing a range of both popular and classical pieces to broaden their horizons. I encourage my students to do a lot of listening as a part of their practice. I believe that if a student can hear how something is played they will begin to grasp the intent of the music at hand, which builds upon their previous knowledge. I intentionally plan my instruction to be fun and engaging, yet challenging.
I will always set goals that I know are within reach for my students. I want to create an environment that will help them develop a passion for music in a way in which they are comfortable, not frustrated. In my mind I am always going to put the person first that I am teaching by trying to find out what inspires them. I will then assess and change my style accordingly. Music lessons for me are more than just learning an instrument; being a true musician is about discovering who you are as an individual, gaining confidence, and practicing perseverance.
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