Bachelor in Music, Music Therapy from Illinois State University MT-BC Certified by CBMT Suzuki Trained MusikGarten Trained
2013 - Illinois State University Music Department Scholarship 2013 - 2017 Second chair in Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra 2013 - 2017 First chair in Illinois State University Chamber Orchestra
Hello everyone! I am a board certified music therapist, but have thoroughly enjoyed teaching since I was 18! I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy. I have since then gotten my Suzuki Training and am hoping to continue my passion for teaching here in the Asheville area. I enjoy gigging, and jamming with friends. I have recently begun fiddling here in the mountains and hope to join a group! I was a part of my Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Ensembles all four years I attended college. When I was younger, I was a part of a traveling music group varying ages 7-18. Our groups name was Vivaldi Strings and we were fortunate enough to play around the midwest area, as well as travel on tour to places such as Italy, Puerto Rico, China, San Fransisco, New York, and Alaska! I hope to join the Blue Ridge Symphony or the Asheville Symphony here in town and continue my gigging opportunities.
I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students varying in any age range and ability! I thoroughly enjoy working with students and nurturing them in love as we together grow with music! I strive to leave my students filled with feelings of accomplishment, happiness, and above all love for not only the instrument but for them selves after each lesson. I encourage my students to further their skills, education, and love for music by entering competitions and recitals! Any way you can incorporate music into your life I really encourage that! Whether that is to listen to the pieces or genre you are working on, writing your own material, or going to concerts/recitals of others! I hope to start my own studio here in Asheville and look forward to meeting wonderful music thriving students!
I love to share my love for music with not only my student's but as well family members. I teach mostly based on the Suzuki Method. But based on each students needs, I will work with the individuals and use techniques, books, and ideas based on those needs and learning strategies of the students. I hope you have taken the time to read a little more about the Suzuki Method if you are not familiar with it. Working within the Suzuki method, I start each student out with working on posture, technique, and the fundamentals of the violin before moving on to reading/playing. It is crucial to develop good technique/posture before moving on to reading! Once this is established, it is pretty smooth sailing from there. And with the Suzuki books, it is developed well to do in this order. As I mentioned earlier, I really love to involve the parents in the lessons if appropriate/applicable. With younger students, it is important to develop this teacher, student, parent relationship in order to grow. By allowing the parent to be a part of the experience, it not only helps them to see what their student, at that age, is experiencing, it as well helps for during individual practice time. The parent will help the child through nurturing support and love, to go through exercises and in my sense, is truly the REAL mentor for the child.
It is a wonderful thing to see my students develop a passion for music! Therefore it is important to know that each student will progress at their own pace. I encourage students to make time each day, whether it is only 5 mins, to their violin. Practice makes BETTER! Learning an instrument is just as challenging and time oriented as if you were learning to play a sport, or new language. You must spend time and practice in order to see improvements. Developing a weekly practice chart is something I like to implement in my lessons. Using positive reinforcement and rewards such as stickers, or sometimes candy can be very helpful to some. I try to find out what inspires my students and I do not try to mask who I am. I believe being my funny, goofy self helps students to feel more comfortable and open in this supportive relationship.