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MM, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Cello Performance (anticipated May 2015) BM, Drake University, Cello Performance
2009-12 - Drake University Presidential Scholarship
2009-12 - Drake University Briggs Scholarship
2009-12 - Drake University Music Scholarship
2012 - Fort Dodge Young Artist Competition
2012 - Drake University Manga Cum Laude
2012 - CCPA Merit Scholarship
2010 - Adjunct Professor, Central College Pella, IA
I have been playing the Cello for 19 years, and it is my greatest passion in life. I can rarely contain my excitement when it comes to Classical music, and it is my goal as a teacher to encourage this same excitement about music in my students. I have not only studied as a cellist, but as a conductor and musicologist. I have had the opputunity to study with some of the countries greatest pedagogues, including Nancy Hair, Peter Howard, and Raimi Solomonov. I just recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drake University, and I am currently working on my Masters of Music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with renowned cellist Richard Hirschl.
I have been teaching for about 5 years, but have had incredible teaching oppurtunities in this small window of time. I often helped my college professor with her highschool students, and I had the oppurtunity to teach for a semester as an Adjunct at Central College in Pella, IA. After only a month of studying with me, my highschool student there advanced four chairs in the Iowa Allstates, and I see it as one of my greatest accomplishments as a teacher. I have been able to adapt to any student, with the goal of encouraging excitement about not just the cello, but classical music as a whole. I not only teach cello, but also incorporate music history and theory in my lessons to help excite and intrigue. With younger students I also work to incorporate what else excites and entertains them including sports, tv, and of course favorite animals. I encourage my students to perform and compete at all ages and experience. This helps to not only encourage practice, but also helps to reduce performance anxiety with each performance. I enjoy teaching all ages and abilities.
For beginner students, I use the Suzuki method. This is what I learned on and I find it is an incredibly effective method. With the later suzuki books, I begin to incorporate the staples of the cello repertoir. I focus very heavily on scales and excercise. I believe very strongly in forming a strong basis of technique and form before conquering the greats of the repertoir. Once a student has advanced to intermediate and advanced level playing, I focus very highly on musical experession and understanding, as well as teaching the importance of stage presence and performance. With students of all ages and abilities, I find it most important to keep lessons exciting, fun, and engaging. With that said, I also expect students to come prapared for each lesson, and enjoy helping both students and parents find the most effective way to practice and to find time for practice. I have struggled with both inspiring myself to practice, and to find the most effective way to practice. I have learned great deal from this, and have found several effective practice methods. I am able to adapt this to a wide variety of students.
My teaching style varies greatly depending on the student. I adapt to each student in order to find the most effective way to both inspire a passion for the music, and to help a student advance in the most effective way possible. I usually begin each lesson by discussing how practicing went the previous week, and adress any problems that might have arrised in both finding time to practice, and in inspiring each practice session to both effective and engaging. I then usually work on scales, technique and etudes, and then work on any major repertoir that may have been assigned. I then finish by setting goals for the week, and answering any further questions. I a very upbeat and engaging teacher, and I am not afraid to adress problems head on. I find it important to both acknowledge accomplishments and use effective criticizm. I expect the highest level of comitment and work from my students, but enjoy helping students reach this level, and to become excited and proud of the results this yeilds.
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