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Bachelor Degree: Bob Jones University, Master Degree: Bob Jones University
1st place winner Concerto Competition with Treasure Coast Symphony
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2015, I graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and graduated with a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance in 2017 from Bob Jones University. I enjoy teaching others because it challenges me to think outside the box and look at problems from other perspectives. I love seeing that "aha!" moment when a student understands a new technique. I have competed in multiple competitions since I began taking cello lessons when I was 7 years old. I am part of the Enyart String Quartet that plays for weddings, parties, and other occasions around the Treasure Coast. I was principal cellist with the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra during my time at college.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 8 years ago. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the cello and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements and incorporate Position Pieces for Cello by Rick Mooney as they progress to higher levels of difficulty. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
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. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I try to incorporate a mix of focus on technique, theory, and performance. I believe that having a solid theory knowledge can help the student perform and understand a piece better.
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