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Kathryn R In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, R&b, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Showtunes, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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Kathryn R In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, R&b, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Showtunes, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Arts Music Theory & Music History, Master of Music Vocal Performance

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Overview:
I have a deep joy for music making that I have eagerly shared with my students for the last 15 years. In addition to my varied teaching career, I am also a full-time freelance musician and travel all over the country and the world (Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Dublin) as a soloist and ensemble member. I have been fortunate to make music professionally since I was a teenager which inspired me to earn a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and History, and Master of Music in Vocal Performance. I have also studied flute and piano since I was a child and into college. These studies led me to share my knowledge with my students and I have been fortunate enough to work with hundreds of students in Idaho, California, Colorado, and now Pennsylvania.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching during my undergraduate studies, initially starting out as a double major in performance and education. In a short time, I realized how deeply I loved working one on one with students, which led me to pursue performance full time and teach in my private studio. Once I moved to California, I began expanding my teaching to music schools (Yamaha) and have continued to work with students in a diverse array of settings (private studio, music schools, high schools, university). I understand there is no one-size-fits-all to teaching music and am sensitive to my student's needs, always making sure to listen and adapt lessons to best suit the student's personality and abilities. I always strive to help my students succeed and feel pride in their progress.
METHODS USED

For beginning piano students, I usually employ the Faber or Alfred Series books. They are intuitive and the various books (Lesson, Theory, Technique, Performance, etc) complement each other well! They also have an "older beginner" series that is great for teens and adults that are new to piano. I also encourage my students to try composition, even if it is very simple melodies. This is usually after they have established a good grasp on beginning music theory concepts.  For beginning voice, we begin half with the essential signing technique as well as the beginning musical concepts such as pitch, rhythm, etc. I usually find out the student's musical preferences and try to pick songs from that style, meanwhile, introducing them to classical music or folk music and helping them pick music to work on from that genre.  I follow a similar pattern with flute lessons. Depending on the experience of the student, lessons can begin a little more slowly than with the other two instruments since wielding the instrument is largely dependent hand size and length of arms! I try to encourage my students to get their hands on their flute as much as possible in the first few weeks to become comfortable with not only their mouth position but also with the position of their arms and hands. This helps a lot.

LESSON STYLE

I approach teaching first and foremost from a mindset of love for music. I try to encourage the same passion for music in my students that I have myself. I believe in the importance of music in our society and in our lives and aim to relay that in my lessons. I also believe it is important to help each student feel important and respected in our lessons. I approach each lesson with energy and commitment to each student. Few things are more rewarding than seeing a student's love of music blossom as well as seeing them have musical breakthroughs!

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