BM, Ohio Northern University, Music Education
2011 - Performed with Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra on a ten-day tour of Germany
2010 - Osman Award for Music Education (ONU)
2010 - Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary (Iota Kappa chapter)
2009 - Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association Leadership Award (ONU)
2007 - Inducted into Tau Beta Sigma Band Honorary (Gamma Mu chapter)
I grew up in the Cincinnati area and graduated from Fairfield High School in 2005. I began my college career at the University of Cincinnati as a Mechanical Engineering major. While at UC, I rediscovered my passion for music and felt a calling to share that passion with others in the best way I knew how: teaching. I transferred to Ohio Northern University, and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at ONU, I was a member of the Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, and Woodwind Ensemble. I was given opportunities to perform in these various ensembles on clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and flute. I served as the principal clarinet of the Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, Instrumental Music Librarian, Wind Orchestra Ensemble Manager, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor. I also performed in the pit orchestra for several ONU theatre productions as well as other community and school productions in the Lima/Findlay area. The highlight of my college experience came in the spring of 2011, when I had the opportunity to travel with the ONU Wind Orchestra to Germany for a ten-day performance tour.
My first teaching experience came in the summer of 2008, when I served as the Music Director at Camp Robin Rogers in Spencerville, Ohio, a program serving children with developmental disabilities. This wonderful experience reaffirmed my belief that anyone, regardless of age or ability, can learn to make music. Watching my students' faces light up as they performed the songs I taught them was one of the greatest joys I have ever experienced. As part of my educational training at ONU, I completed clinical hours with students of all ages in band, choir, and general music. During these times, I would frequently work with small groups or individual students, providing instruction in areas of difficulty. These experiences allowed me to discover the joy of teaching in a completely different way, and I decided that someday I wanted to build my own private studio. After my graduation, my husband and I settled in Xenia. I am now a full-time mom to two wonderful children, and have been with Musika since November 2012. Teaching privately gives me the best of both worlds: I get to be a teacher and a mom at the same time! My private students are like an extension of my family; I love watching them grow and develop almost as much as watching my own child. I'm always looking to expand my musical family by adding students of all ages and ability levels!
For all of my piano students, I use Nancy and Randall Faber's Piano Adventures. Students ages 3-5 use the My First Piano Adventure series, which moves at a slightly slower pace and contains more parent/teacher activities. Students ages 6-12 (where most of my students are) use the standard Piano Adventures progression. Older students (age 13 and up) use the Accelerated Piano Adventures series, which is designed specifically for use with older beginners. Students are provided with a lesson book from which the bulk of their assignments will come and a theory book containing written activities. As a general rule, a student will have one or two assignments from each book per week. The assignments are coordinated so as to reinforce concepts discussed in lessons. This allows the student to make connections between the lessons and the solo repertoire. Once a student has mastered the basics, I will add supplemental material taken from the Fabers' PlayTime Piano series. This usually consists of folk tunes or children's songs, but can be tailored to match the student's interests. More advanced students take their supplemental material from the Exploring Piano Classics series by Nancy Bachus. My band students use Hal Leonard's Essential Elements series and the Rubank Methods books (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced for each instrument). I also allow time in the lesson for students to work through any areas of difficulty they may have in their school band music. As the student advances, I will introduce standard solo repertoire appropriate for his or her level.
What I love most about private lessons is that I have the flexibility to allow each student to move at his or her own pace. I can tailor my teaching methods and assignments to meet the individual needs of each student, to ensure that he or she is performing to his or her maximum potential. I encourage open communication between myself, the student, and the parent(s), so that we can all work together to make the musical experience as fun and exciting as possible! I encourage all of my students who have reached the appropriate level to participate in OMEA Solo and Ensemble contests and to audition for OMEA District and State Honor Bands. These endeavors provide excellent opportunities for students to gain valuable performance experience as well as setting and achieving long-term goals.
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+