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Bachelor Degree: University of Arizona
Graduate Degree: The University of Alabama
Moody School of Music Concerto Competition, Second Place
Fred Fox School of Music Concerto Competition, 2nd Place
Flutist in International Lyric Academy, Italy
Huxford Quintet Graduate Assistant, Moody School of Music
Prescott Center for the Arts Music Competition, 1st Prize
I am an experienced and dedicated teacher with a passion for music and for my students. I received my graduate degree in flute performance from The University of Alabama in 2019, and my undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2017. I have much experience performing in a variety of settings. I was the flutist in the Huxford Wind Quintet at the University of Alabama. I have participated in several concerto competitions. I have played in orchestras, operas, musicals, and more. I have performed both here and abroad, most notably with the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy in 2015. I am also an experienced chamber musician, and was a founding member of the UA Musicians On Tour, where I gave several public chamber recitals.
I have been teaching privately and for groups since my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. I have been teaching privately for 6 years, and have much experience teaching in groups as well. I was the flute instructor for the University of Arizona Outreach Honor Band, where I sat in the flute section and gave weekly sectionals. Additionally, I have provided flute sectionals for several marching bands, including the Million Dollar Band and The Pride of Prescott Marching Band. Most recently, I was a flute instructor for Tucson Summer Music, a non-profit program that provides music lessons to low-income families.
When working with new flute students, my focus is on a solid sound, technique, hand/body position, and learning to read and play music. To help learn to read the notes, I use Hal Leonard’s Essentials Elements Series. Once the student has learned to read music and has learned all of the notes, I begin using Taffanel and Gaubert’s 17 Daily Exercises to build the student’s technique and knowledge of scales, arpeggios, etc. I provide solo repertoire for all stages of development to ensure the student has the chance to make music, whatever their skill level may be. If I am working with a student who is not an absolute beginner, I must work to ensure that they have a solid foundation in their playing, and fix any bad habits they may have developed elsewhere. Whatever the playing level, I work to ensure that music and flute are fun, enjoyable, and challenging.
I believe music should be fun and challenging, so I make sure to be patient, encouraging, and passionate during lessons. I love to play with them (duets, etc.) whenever possible, so that the student may learn the joy of making music with others. In order to ensure that the student develops at a steady pace, I make sure to provide reasonable and regular goals or checkpoints that the student may work toward in their individual practice. Each student is unique in their own way, and it is my job as their teacher to find what method works best for their learning, so no two lessons will be alike!
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