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Bachelor Degree: West Chester University , Professional Certificate: College for Officer Training, Course Work: Nyack College
My musical background began when at 7 yrs. old I was playing the piano with my mothers instruction. I became a self taught student in brass and piano and later was accepted as a Music major to West Chester University. During HS I became known as a trumpet soloist in Regional and State Bands and in the Salvation Army brass program a cornet soloist. I've taught in public and private schools as an instrumental music teacher and later had my own studio of 50 students. I've conducted 35 piece brass bands and 100 voice choirs, however my love remains in teaching children and adults privately.
Learning music is hard work, but lessons shouldn’t be a miserable experience, either. A talented teacher will understand how to make music lessons fun and enjoyable, even with the hard work. The more you enjoy your lessons, the more motivated you’ll be to prepare for them and to do well. Fun can come in many forms. I will make lessons fun with students personality and enthusiastic approach to music, alone. If you’ve been wanting to learn a favorite piece, working on that piece can get you excited about going to lessons. And, playing duets with your teacher can also be a great way to change things up. My experience as a teacher and my love of teaching is like the air I breathe........it's what I live for. In addition to making lessons, themselves, fun, I will help you connect with other musicians for additional opportunities. Playing in ensembles is a valuable part of developing your skills as a musician, and the change of setting and new music that you’ll learn can make for a fun experience.
The teaching methods I use will depend on the student. Each is different. I want them to thrive. I want to teach music because music is a language anyone can learn. It is a language that can overcome politics, tragedies, race, creed, theology, and borders. Music can be a great equalizer and an even greater friend. It touches the soul and mind in ways that we as human beings are still trying to comprehend. I believe the ultimate goal of music education is to not create perfect musicians but to help our children, our neighbors, and our community have a greater understanding of the world around them. To help them see how they connect with music and each other. If a love for music is fostered as well then I am thrilled. But my main role is to teach all of my students and not simply cater towards the privileged, and talented. Music is for everyone.
My goal is to foster confidence and creativity in students of all ages through exceptional music education. I help students to develop a life-long skill and passion for music. I’m going to teach; children who already know the difference between steady beat and melodic rhythm, students who do not know what a note is, students who come from broken homes, with different cultures than mine, students that lack confidence (and those with a little too much), the ones that try their best every day, and the kids who do not care. But they will be in my care. I hope to reach them much like how a person reaches anyone. With respect, patience, and a will to understand our many differences. My community of learners are not going to be perfect children, and that is okay. There will be days when the majority of what we do in class is learning how to be human. I think we are all still learning how to be human. And teaching music only helps with that. My goals for my students is for them to not only survive in a musical and academic environment, but to thrive and exceed my expectations. To not become the perfect musical machine but to know enough of the basics to relate music to their everyday life. To have good memories with their peers and a time to express themselves in a healthy way. To begin to open their minds and hearts even a little.
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