BM, Temple University, Music Education MM, Temple University, Choral Conducting
Presser Foundation Award -2016 Temple University Commencement Speaker -2011 All Eastern and PGSA clarinetist -2007 Diamond Ambassador Scholarship to study in Ghana -2009 Atlantic Coast Championship Best Drum Major -2006
I have always loved making music and educating other musicians. I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a focus on clarinet. I've played piano since I was born and I also play West African percussion with an Ewe group in the Philadelphia area. Ive performed all over North America and Africa, and with great musicians from all over the world. Ive been teaching music for 15 years and look forward to continuing sharing the education of what I believe to be the most powerful language on earth.
I started teaching when I was in high school, out of my mothers kitchen. I gave private clarinet lessons to the other clarinetists in my district. At the same time I taught piano lessons at a school designed to support autistic children and their families. I went on to be the drum major for three years at my high school, allowing me to teach the marching band and indoor drum line. My senior year I started 11 ensembles including a sax quartet, clarinet ensemble, woodwind quintet, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and larger groups to perform in a music in our schools month concert and support and advocate for music education. I continued to teach lessons during my undergrad as well as work as the woodwind and drum major tech for various marching bands. I started a mens choir at Temple University for one semester teaching voice and choir using varied repertoire in 2011. I went on to start a K-8 music program at two charter schools in Philadelphia. I taught general music, band(flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion), choir, rock band, and salsa dancing to K-8 students, as well as classes for the community and parents. At this time I also became one of the founding teaching artists for Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema inspired choir in Camden and Philly with a vision for social change for girls. I am currently in my 5th year working for Sister Cities Girlchoir, teaching voice to girls K-12. I will obtain my masters in choral conducting in May and then eventually move to South Africa to create international branches of Sister Cities Girlchoir, teaching voice to students around the world.
I have Essential Elements to start out with band instruments, but I also use etudes from many other method books, including some that my colleagues have compiled. I think its important to cover bases using method books, but I think it's also important to keep students engaged with repertoire that interests them. No matter how old you are, if you have music that is not inspiring, it is much harder to diligently practice. So each student will have different tastes and goals. Solo repertoire for all levels are usually engaging and appropriate.
I just like to listen to what my students are trying to accomplish. If music is a fulfilling hobby for them, or if they want to be professionals I will have different approaches for their lessons. I don't think of myself as having a blanket approach that works for everyone, I just love music, and I find how we share that connection and go from there. I am prepared with many different ways to do one thing, because it is important to have differentiated instruction when teaching different people, we all learn and are inspired differently.
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