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Bachelors in Music Performance from The College of New Jersey
Masters in Music Performance from New York University
After playing the flute on my own for seven years, I began my classical flute education at the age of sixteen with international soloist Jun Kubo. Only a year and a half after I began my studies with Jun Kubo, I was accepted into The College of New Jersey for a Bachelors program in Music Performance where I studied with David DiGiacobbe. While at TCNJ, I performed my own programs in Mayo Concert Hall, featuring soloistic works by composers such as Nielsen, Hoover, and Takemitsu. I also had the pleasure of performing with the TCNJ Opera, Chamber, and Symphony Orchestras. I went on to perform with the NYU Symphony Orchestra and participate in the NYU Chamber Music program where I have played with a Trio, Quintet, Sextet, and flute ensemble. I have participated in masterclasses with performers such as Trevor Wye, Min Park, Gary Shocker and Bradley Garner. I currently run my own teaching studio in Highlands, NJ where I teach woodwinds, voice, and piano. I have obtained my Bachelors from The College of New Jersey in music performance, and my Master of Music degree from NYU, where I studied with Bradley Garner. I also teach at a music conservatory in Springfield, NJ as well, where I have been teaching for 3 years.
I've always known that teaching would be a big part of my career, I love sharing the joy of music with students! As soon as I started college I began teaching piano and flute, and quickly learned the Saxophone and Clarinet as well. I have been teaching for about 10 years now, and in addition to teaching students at my studio location in Highlands, NJ I also teach at a music conservatory in Springfield NJ where I have been teaching for 3 years. I think consistent practice, as well as lots of positive reinforcement, can help students to learn to love music.
Woodwinds: The materials I use for woodwind lessons usually consists of embouchure exercises, finger exercises, tonguing exercises, and scales, in addition to following the Rubank book series of woodwind instruction. This well rounded practice regime, if practiced regularly, makes for quick and thorough improvement!
Piano: For younger students, I use the Albert Young Beginner lesson book and activity book. The lesson book teaches basic piano skills at a good pace for young beginners, and the activity book reiterates what the lesson book teaches, but in different fun ways. For older students, I use the Bastien series of Piano instruction for my piano lessons. I use the Lesson book for teaching basic playing skills, the Theory book for basic theory. In addition to this, I like to eventually include A Dozen A Day exercise books and Hannon finger exercises, scales, and arpeggios. I feel this method of teaching will lead to well-rounded, quick improvement!
Voice: In my Voice lessons I use a combination of excersises and pieces. Student will be expected to practice from the Vaccai vocal studies book as well as learn classical songs in English, Italian, and German. If there is any musical theater pieces that a student is interested in or must learn for a theater class, we can of course learn those as well. In addition to this I also teach Solfege sight-singing (Do, Re, Mi etc) which is an amazing tool for ear training as well as voice training.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. I acknowledge their accomplishments which helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. I also make it a point to admit to srudnets that yes, learning music can be hard and challenging, but that they are kore than capable of doing it!
She is very professional, patient, and engaging, which is so great in a virtual environment.
She's very sweet. She's helpful and knowledgeable. I'm learning a lot in a short time. Would definitely recommend.
Kathleen is a serious, by the book teacher. Her lessons are well structured and very informative. I would recomend her to anyone!
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