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Bachelors , Texas Tech University, Music Education
Masters of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary
1996-Clinician at Texas Music Educators Convention, San Antonio, Texas 1996- Clinician by invitation, to an International Character Education Convention Works Published- Your Character Counts, play and songs Works Published- Tarleton State Univ. Educators magazine, my article, Your Character Counts. Works Published-Asbury Theological Seminary- Abide-2003-2004
I have been teaching students of all ages from beginners, intermediate, a few advanced for 25 years plus. I have completed 20 years of service in elem. music education, where I will begin my 22nd year this school year. I graduated from Texas Tech Univ. in 1990, and began teaching in Whitney, Texas for the first 12 years, then moved to Kentucky, where I pursued my Masters of Divinity. Meeting my husband moved back to Texas, where I served as a pastor for a year and a half, and went back into teaching following this. I have always had a studio where I have recorded many of my own written songs. My students will concur they like my writing. You can check me out on youtube.com. I look forward to meeting and teaching you.
I began teaching private lessons to a few of my students in Whitney, where they grew in their ability to play, beginning students always seem to do well, when they apply what they have been given to learn. Practice is important to learn the piano. I like to reward students with stickers it is a simple reward system. If the child shows that they can play a piece of music I will put a sticker on their music. This should give the child a sense of accomplishment. Along the way I also have little treats I will give to a student, candy, cookie, pencil, eraser. Nothing expensive. I emphasize that music is math in all concerns. It is proven that the students math grades will improve when they do music. It is science based. If I notice students getting bored I have theory sheets, (fun sheets) that the child can use and computer program, Quaver. I also will use examples of music played on youtube to give examples of what a piece of music would sound like, for instance playing the Stars and Stripes Forever on piano, will sound a whole lot different when a student hears the Marine Band play this piece of music. Depending on the child, making up their own music is also a fun thing to do, or even sing along while making up your own lyrics. I will look at each students learning differently depending upon the child's interests.
I began teaching private lessons to a few of my students in Whitney, where they grew in their ability to play, beginning students always seem to do well, when they apply what they have been given to learn. Practice is important to learn the piano. I use the Faber series books, because they use a more classical style approach. I will teach whatever style you would like to pursue. It can include music theory, using chords and scales. The Faber series however does not introduce scales, or key signatures right off. They take it for granted, so I have to side teach using my own curriculum to make up for what is missing. I like the Faber series, because it uses familiar classical tunes and modern music and styles. Bastien was a series I have also used in the past, but I tend to like Faber more. I do not emphasize recitals or perfection. If the student wants a professor type teaching then please pay hundreds of dollars for a teacher. I expect my students to practice and show effort in their learning. Musika has a recital at the end of the year, I do not require it. I can have a student recital at my house if necessary.
Each child is different and will be treated as unique individuals when learning and grasping music. I believe to teach one is to reach one. What if music is the key to unlocking this child's passion in life? Music may fuel what motivates this child to learn. It is excited to watch children move at their own pace. I always can tell if a child is really interested in piano, or the parent is the one wanting the student to take lessons. The child must not be nagged to practice or that child may not succeed in the process of learning music. I will teach accordingly to the childs basic interests and desires to learn the instrument. The child will advance if he or she puts effort into the daily lessons of practice makes better.
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