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MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Flute Performance BM, Duquesne University, Flute Performance
2017- James Pellerite Orchestral Excerpt Competition at IU, 1st place 2013/2015- Tuesday Music Club Scholarship Competition 2014- Women's Advisory Board Scholarship Competition 2014- Duquesne University Wind Concerto Competition 2014- Butler County Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition
I am extremely passionate about music, and I aim to have a very positive yet competitive teaching environment, where I will do my best to prepare you for real world situations. I recently graduated with my Masters Degree from IU, and I am excited to share with you all of the things I have learned. Students of mine enjoy the ability to choose music that they are passionate about, sometimes even enjoying the occasional baked good from yours truly! I encourage productive practicing, and a basic knowledge of theory, harmony, and basic music history. I promise it will be a wonderful journey where I will be happy to share my love of music and make you a better musician every week.
My teaching experience began back in High School, where I was chosen to be the Flute Section Leader in the Marching Band for my last two years. I also helped direct the Flute Choir in High School. During my Undergraduate Degree in Pittsburgh, I had a few private students and led a flute sectional at one of the local High Schools. When I moved to IU, a colleague of mine gave me 4 of her students, and I was also hired at a local music shop, where I started to also teach beginning piano. Now I maintain a private studio of my own, and I will soon travel to a few schools in the area as needed.
For beginning flute students, I begin by demonstrating the beautiful sound that the flute can make, either by CD or myself playing. I go over the basic idea, teach them how to put it together, and then we work on making a sound out of the headjoint. For preteens, I like to ask what type of music they like, and we will find a book that interests them if they find classical music a little 'boring' right now. With High School students, especially those wanting to major in music, I focus a lot on fundamentals, etudes, and the standard repertoire. For Pianists, it follows the same basic guideline, although we must spend a little more time on fundamentals and learning the notes/note names because they have two hands to worry about! We always have fun in a positive environment, no matter what the talent or skill level.
I encourage students who would like to pursue music to enter in competitions. This way, they aren't just mindlessly practicing for no goal. This gives them something to work towards. I always praise a student when they have finally corrected a bad habit or a passage that has been difficult for a long time. I find this really helpful, instead of being irritated or upset with the student if they can't quite get a passage right. Everyone learns at their own pace, and natural talent comes in many different levels.
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