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2018 - Zelma Basha Salmeri Honors Art Scholarship 2016 - Performed at International Clarinet Association with ClariZona 2015 - Special Talent Award, Music 2015 - All-Northwest Honor Band 2014 - Idaho State Solo Competition, First Prize
I fell in love with playing music when I joined a percussion group in 5th grade, and have continued to follow my dreams through my Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance, playing Japanese taiko on the side, and even writing music for a video game. I have traveled as far as Oostende, Belgium, to study clarinet, and have performed at the International Clarinetfest 2016. Currently I am in my senior year, studying with Professor Robert Spring and Professor Joshua Gardner at Arizona State University.
I began teaching private lessons to middle and high school students last summer, and found it to be a very rewarding experience. Music is very fun to learn, and allows for a great creative outlet that may be stifled or supported by how the teacher instructs. That is why I both organize my lessons around the goals of each student, as well as thoroughly demonstrate how each of the tedious tasks (those scales!) are directly applied to the music the student is currently learning. I've found that students enjoy how I change up each lesson, create musical games for them to learn, and write their favorite pieces for them at their ability level.
The structure of my lessons are individual and the student, and they center around how much experience the student has/what he/she is currently doing with music outside of lessons, such as a school band. Also, I will aim to work with the student's personal goals, because a student is more motivated when they are practicing what they are interested in. In each lesson I teach fundamentals/technique that support the current repertoire, as well as pieces of music to perform, and I gradually introduce the student to how each fundamental is used to speed up the process of learning repertoire.
As a teacher, I am another resource for the student to learn how to create music. I am full of musical information, and I strive to find out how a student learns best (be it visually demonstrated or audibly explained, etc.), then I cater my teaching to their learning style. Beyond this point, I believe a student will learn a lot through experimentation with music, trial-and-error, and steady individual practice. I quicken this process by providing exercises, tips and tricks, enjoyable music to play, and positive encouragement.
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