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BM, Temple University, Music Education, Clarinet MM, Temple University, Choral Conducting
Honors PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Fulbright Scholarship Semi-Finalist 2017 Temple University Commencement Speaker 2011 MENC All-Eastern Band 2007 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts 2006 PMEA All-State Musician 2005-07 Awards Presser Foundation Award 2016 Janet Yamron Conducting Award 2010 Diamond Key Award 2010 John Philips Sousa Band Award 2005-2007 Semper Fidelis Award 2007 WVIA Artist of the Week/Year 2007 Atlantic Coast Championship Best Drum Major 2006 Scholarships Diamond Ambassador Scholarship to study in Ghana 2009 Jessie Marie Watkins Scholarship 2008 PMEA District 9 Music Scholarship 2007 Pennsylvania Governor’s School Advocacy 2007
I have been a musician forever and I just love making music with others and inspiring everyone to raise their voice through music. It is my favorite thing to get lost in a song or dig deep into the musical process. I travel the world making music with others and mostly enjoy playing clarinet, singing and conducting, but I have a special love for percussion and learning new instruments as well. I have taught general music, band, choir, theory and music history to people from pre-K to adulthood. I hope to share music with everyone that I can.
I have taught privately now for over a decade, as well as in classrooms and given masterclasses to all ages. I worked with pre-K through to the collegiate level in Philadelphia. I also work in communities, bridging gaps geographically and ideologically through musical experiences. I have taught in the United States, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. My favorite thing is to find a way to empower and encourage my students to feel strong as musicians but also as people. I think music is a great tool to hone to achieve whatever you want in life.
I have certain methods that are useful from beginners to advanced students. I always meet a student where they are at and then guide them to gain the skills that they require for the goals they want to achieve. I don't subscribe to the notion that one MUST read music to play music - that is not how most of the world works, but I am a large advocate of being literate. This usually means aural and oral skills are worked on as well as literacy in whatever genres my students request. I work on solo rep as well as whatever rep the students are interested in.
I really just want people to enjoy what their doing. I definitely have some skills to efficiently practice, because I dont think anyone wants to waste time. The best thing is when my students are invested in their own progress, because I can help provide the needed skills to grow at different paces. I am a bit more relaxed with students that just want to have a positive musical experience, but I also can be very specific with students that wish to go on and study or perform music professionally.
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