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AA, University of North Florida, Music Education
2015-National Orchestra Award 2015- Harry Wong Award 2017-Collegiate National Association for Music Educators
I am a professional level violinist who has been playing for almost ten years. I started my internship in my junior year of high school as a middle school orchestra assistant and I have enjoyed teaching ever since. I am a current student at the University of North Florida where I am studying Music Education and participating in the UNF Orchestra. We, as an orchestra, have had multiple opportunities to travel and play with other groups and in places of high respect. Also, we do several outreach programs each year to recruit students and bring beautiful music to the community.
My teaching experience begins in high school where I was appointed to be an orchestra assistant. There, I began offering before and after school private lessons with violinists and violists. Since then, I have graduated and am now attending UNF and assisting the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. I currently have two students who participate in the youth orchestra and I adore it. We make music and have fun simultaneously, that is my job. I am willing to help all age levels and experience levels.
I believe it is important that beginning students who do not know how to read music yet stay out of the books at first. Reading music and trying to hold the instrument correctly, having bow control, and paying attention to tone can be overwhelming. The first few lessons will be book free. Once I feel the student is able to read notes, we will begin in Hal Leonard's Essential Elements which also comes with a CD for easy at home practicing. Through the exercises in Essential Elements, we can focus on bow placement and control, left hand posture, ear training, and so on. No matter the level of experience, I believe it is necessary to revisit the basics every so often.
I enjoy teaching and I want my students to enjoy learning from me. I have a huge passion for music making and I am willing to accommodate students as best as I can and assist them to do the best they can do. I teach because I want students to walk out of my lesson with more knowledge than when they entered. I do not expect all my students to continue music for the rest of their life but I want them to have a pleasant experience with making music and learning music. Music is a way of self-expression and I would like for my students to acquire that trait.
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