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BS, Lebanon Valley College, Music Education (2009)
BA, Lebanon Valley College, Music - Flute Pedagogy (2009)
I am an enthusiastic and motivated teacher who can help you feel more confident about your flute or clarinet playing. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2009 with degrees in both Music Education and Flute Pedagogy. I have been teaching flute lessons for over twelve years, and clarinet for over six. I have played in marching bands, symphonic bands, orchestras and a variety of pit orchestras. Former students of mine have successfully auditioned into college music programs, and district bands and orchestras, and select small ensembles.
My teaching experience comes from twelve years teaching private lessons beginning in college, eight years teaching elementary and middle school music, and five years directing a high school musical. I have worked with students that are beginners all the way through students preparing for college auditions. My playing experiences include marching band in high school and college, symphonic band in high school and college, orchestra and flute ensemble in college, and various pit orchestras throughout high school college, and amateur community theatre.
For beginning students, I typically use the Standard of Excellent method books. I can work with whatever lesson books they are using for their school programs as well if needed. I also bring the Trevor Wye method books specific to flute for tone and articulation exercises. I supplement these books with the Rubank method books. I also use scales and etudes for intermediate to advanced students. I have a large selection of duets to work on with the students, both for use a prepared works and sight-reading. Intermediate and advanced students will also work on solo repertoire. In addition to the classic flute solo pieces everyone should be familiar with, I also guide the student in selecting solo repertoire they like and will enjoy practicing.
I tailor my lessons to meet each student's individual needs. I work to balance the time between challenging exercises they may struggle with, and fun playing they can enjoy and excel at. I frequently discuss goals with students, such as "we will work towards being about to play 8 measures without taking a breath" or "within two months we will be able to comfortably play up to high-C." I frequently remind them how much they should be practicing, and we always check in each lesson to see how we are progressing towards our goals. I also spend time working with my students on how to practice effectively so they can progress.
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