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BA, Concordia University, Music Education
Master of Arts in Teaching Preparatory, Focus Instrument-Piano, Classical
2013-Vocal Ensemble award, Concordia University
2011-Concordia Talent / Merritt Scholarship (Piano)
2010-Performed on piano and vocals on "A Prarie Home Companion"
2006-Marywood University Talent / Merritt Scholarship (Piano)
2005-Northeastern Pennsylvania Jazz Festival solo award (Guitar)
I am an instructor who recognizes music as a powerful symbol of humanity and the dramatic emotional effects it has on people. I thoroughly enjoy sharing these experiences with my students, helping them to grow and become more acquainted with all that music has to offer. I graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in May of 2013. I have been fortunate enough to play the guitar and piano in numerous musical outfits for the past ten years, having been featured on such festivals as the Warped Tour Festival, Music Fest North West, andThe Fest in Gainesville Florida. I have also been featured on programs such as "A Prairie Home Companion" and "If You Make It - Pink Couch Sessions." I have a good amount of experience playing in front of large crowds, and am currently in two touring rock bands.
I began my teaching career about 7 years ago, during my senior year of high school. I have taught lessons for both piano and guitar consistently since that time, including my time as the Piano Instructor at Cadenza Academy in Portland, OR. I like to let the students navigate the material they learn, as I feel that they should have complete control of what they are focusing their money and time on. I have used this principle throughout my teaching career. My experience in bands and ensembles, as well as performing classical works on the piano for many recitals over the past thirteen years, has granted me knowledge of the adequate methods needed to be obtained by a musician. I look forward to passing on this knowledge to my students.
Each student is at a different level, and therefore requires different teaching methods. I like to implement the Hanon exercises for scales and warm-ups, also focusing on things like scales and arpeggios. For the guitar, I like to incorporate these concepts with chordal exercises as well, such as playing progressions to let the student's fingers grow accustomed to their forms. I then let the student tell me what his or her focus is, such as theoretical, classical, or popular. I then find works in these different focuses and instruct them to the student.
I approach each student based on his or her background and what he or she needs from me. It is important to adequately instruct the student and make sure he or she is properly disciplined, but one cannot be too involved in the student's playing. One has to learn to let the students learn to be independent and properly pick up on the necessary techniques and methods on their own. I realize that this is the only way to truly instruct someone, as the instructor cannot play the instrument for the student. Each student also has his or her own focus and the instructor's actions should be catered to these differences.
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