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BM, Indian University of Pennsylvania, Bassoon/Voice
MM, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Bassoon Performance
2017 Houston Civic Symphony, Bassoon/Contra
2016 Performed with University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago
2016 Milwaukee Philharmonic, Principal Bassoon
2015 Bassoon Teaching Assistantship
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who enjoys helping students unravel the mysteries of music. I graduated with honors from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014. While studying at IUP, I was principal bassoon of our ensembles and played in many chamber groups as well. In 2015, I won the Graduate Assistantship at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. My teachers include Daryl Duran (Penn State University), Jayne Glocke (Penn State University) Richard Zuch (Metropolitan Opera), Jason Worzbyt (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Beth Giacobassi (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Jennifer Clippert (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee). I currently teach PreK-8th-grade general music/choir at The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
I have been teaching private lessons for the past eight years. I have taught from beginners to college-level lessons. I have found that passion and progress are key factors in younger students. I enjoy combining the classic pieces for each instrument, but also adding in modern music so the students can really enjoy and have the motivation to practice. My students are encouraged to perform in competitions, recitals, and end of the year recitals. I want my students to feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated.
The first lesson is often very relaxed and focused on the student's learning style. I will then start with one of the many beginner books that I feel will suit the student. Often that depends on the age, experience, and knowledge. I want the music to push the boundaries, but not too difficult. My students will focus on slow, steady, and consistent practice schedules. It tends to aid in the discipline required for music. I guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter the ability level.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my students flourish. My students will often come to the first lesson worried about their ability and leave with more than a grin on their face because it was not at all what they were expecting. I strive to make my teaching style unique to each individual. My students find that I can explain a concept or practice technique to them in multiple ways if they do not understand it the first time. It is critical that each student progresses at his or her pace. I set realistic goals for each lesson and require a practice log. I believe in highlighting accomplishments. I find students wanting to practice if they can see the progress as well.
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