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BSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I'm an energetic, passionate and motivated instructor strongly committed to the belief that everyone is musical. I teach students of all ages and levels, focusing on repertoire, technique, theory, sight-reading and improvisation. My special "niche" is teaching young children. My students (ages 3-6) embark on a musical adventure with Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse, filled with singing, listening, music appreciation, movement and rhythm activities. Students also participate in drum circles, play boom whackers, experience parachute play and ukulele playing. I am an excellent communicator, and possess a combination of compelling organizational and creative skills to provide motivating and engaging music lessons.
I have had the privilege of teaching both piano more than 40 years. I love being able to share my joy of music with students, and I can be counted on to provide a structured yet flexible learning environment. My students will receive a strong musical foundation, one that will allow them to grow into creative musicians. I love to teach creative improvisation, and I use lots of music games and visual teaching tools, to reinforce weekly practice done at home. I definitely encourage communication between parents and myself, as my one goal is to provide a structured, happy environment for my students.
My studio has the latest technology to reinforce skills and knowledge that are being taught and learned. For my youngest students I use Music for Little Mozarts. I have developed a curriculum supplementing this particular series - rhythm is experienced with percussion instruments, boom whackers, and lots of fun music games "off the bench". Time is spent both "on the bench" (playing on the keyboard), and "off the bench". For students 6 years old and above I use the Faber & Faber method, although If that particular method doesn't "click" with a student, then I certainly have others I use. My lesson planning is individualized - I teach to the student's needs, first and foremost.
First, it is an honor to teach children! One of my greatest strengths involves having a lot of patience, as every child learns at his or her own pace. I also have a good sense of humor. I want music to be seen as enjoyable, as a place to explore and have fun with. I do definitely ask that students practice consistently every week. I work on, and model during each lesson, how to practice at home. My aim is for students to feel encouraged, not discouraged, to feel successful. I use stickers and small items for motivation, as well as spoken praise. I do make structured lesson plans, but I must add that these plans are flexible, they "breathe", depending on what each particular student has accomplished during the week, even down to what kind of a day they've had.
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