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BM, Brooklyn College, Music Education
2008 - Gallagher Award for Excellence in Music
2013 - Sherman Van Solekma wring award for the work (Escaping the Holocaust: How Music and the Arts Played an Important Role."
I fell in love with playing music when I was handed a flute by my teacher in the sixth grade. Twice I marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Great Amerian Marching Band. In High School I played a concerto on flute with the string orchestra and had the opportunity to conduct the concert band. Since then I have had the opportunity to play with various ensembles at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Jazz at Lincon Center in New York. I graduated Brooklyn College in 2014 and am looking forward to passing on my love of music to others.
When I entered High School I realized that I did not just want to play music but to pass on my love of playing to others. I started giving private lessons in 2011. I remember my first student, a five year old girl who wanted to play the flute. To help he learn and build her confidence I started her on a recorder and moved on to a flute with a curved head joint. I believe that music should be fun for the student as it is easier to practice when you are enjoying it. To do this I ask the sudents how they feel when they either hear or play a music selection. I use this information to help pick pieces for them to play keeping in mind the level of their playing. With this when I give a piece to practice I am confident it will be done because when you do something that is fun, it is not a chore.
Depending on the age and level of the student I pick a book appropriate for them. For beginners I first work with getting a consistant smoothe sound and move on to learning the notes and simple songs. Scales are key to learn as so much in music is based on the scales. I introduce works that can be played for a recital while always considering the level of the student. The piece should be at a level that is both achievable and a challenge with one important note, it needs to be fun. In addition I believe in teaching by example. I will show them how something is done and play along with them as needed to help guide them in the right direction.
Teaching should be with smile and encouragement. When you are having fun doing something it can be infectious. Each student is an individual and has to be treated as such. What works for one might not be right for another. The feeling of accomplishment is important to everyone. Feedback should always be positive. Pointing out what was done correctly is important because when you start out that way you are more likely to get the sudent to follow your suggestions to imporove.
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