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BS, Ball State University, Music Education/Piano Major
2000-2006 Murat Shrine Chanters Piano Accompanist
1994-2013 Southport UMC Assistant Accompanist, Piano and Organ
2014-Present Irvington Friends Music Leader
I am a highly motivated piano teacher who loves working with students of all ages and sharing my love of music. I have had the opportunity to accompany many solosits and performing ghroups that have given me the greatest experiences of my life as a musician. I started playing piano at the age of 6 and continue playing today at a variety of events.
My teaching experience dates back to my high school days, as I began teaching private lessons. I have been consistently teaching piano students in my home studio for the last 5 years. I use practice incentives to encourage regular practice as it helps students progress. My studio hosts a yearly recital where students can showcase their talent for family and friends. I incorporate music theory and history into each leason as well as composition. Writing their own music helps a student stay motivated to learn.
I teach Wunderkeys to pre-schoolers ages 4 & 5. This method gives them a head-start in math as well as patterning. I start beginner piano students (ages 6 and up) with Faber's Piano Adventures. I introduce intermediate students to Alfred's Premier Piano Course as this method starts them on solo repertoire. I find out what adult students are interested in and guide my instruction accordingly to keep them engaged. If my students are not having fun, then I'm not doing my job!
I want to instill a passion for music in my piano students. To do this, I let each student progress at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lession and acknowledging the small accomplishments. By finding out what inspires a student, I can tailor my instruction to keep them engaged and eager to learn.
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