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Bachelor Degree: Illinois State University
2017- Sword of Honor from Sigma Alpha Iota
Music has always been a central focus in my life. After starting with piano at age 5, I quickly became passionate about music and added many other instruments. While in high school, I played oboe and English horn in the Wind Symphony as well as two orchestras, piano in the school's jazz band, and participated in other activities such as steel band, marching band, and percussion ensemble, as well as taught lessons to people age 5-80 in my community. In college, I continued playing oboe and English horn in bands and orchestras and accompanied other musicians on piano while pursing my degree in music therapy at Illinois State University. Currently, I am a full time music therapist at Bryce Hospital and would love to continue to teach lessons to spread my passion for music.
I first started teaching lessons while in high school. I had students aged 5-80 from my community with skill levels ranging from beginner to those learning a secondary instrument. I continued teaching lessons throughout college and throughout my internship and have found that I love being able to share my passion for music with my students. I believe the best way to keep students engaged in lessons is to have a balance between fun and hard work. Becoming a classical musician can be intense, but it doesn't feel so extreme if the student is having fun!
My teaching methods are dependent on the goals and interests of the student. As a music therapist, I am constantly modifying sessions to encourage the most growth from my clients, and I like to implement that same quality for my students in lessons. I believe the student and teacher should work together to develop realistic and achievable goals each week that can help to encourage the student's practice schedule and establish a deep passion for music. I select the music I use in lessons based off of each student's ability level and student interest.
Developing and implementing realistic and achievable goals for each student is crucial for creating lifelong musicians. I always aim to make lessons an enjoyable time for my students, where they can learn a skill that can benefit them for life as well as become the type of musician they want to be. I've taught a variety of styles from jazz, to pop, to classical, but if a student can learn the fundamental skills they can transfer those skills across all styles to become the musician that they want to be.
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