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B.A. Music Education Appalachian State University
Hello, everyone! I am a music teacher based in the triangle of North Carolina, and I would love to offer you private lessons. I teach to all experience levels from complete beginner to advanced high school students auditioning to major in music in college. I have experience in many realms of music education because I've taught as a middle and high school band director, middle and high school choir director, and have taught privately on numerous instruments for many years. I identify my principal instrument as the clarinet, but I have lots of stage performance experience on many others as well, including voice, saxophone, flute, and trumpet. I'd be honored to help bolster your musical skill and expertise as a student, so if you'd like a trial lesson, feel free to get in touch.
My teaching experience includes serving as a middle school band director, high school band director, middle school choir director, high school choir director, elementary school general music and choir teacher, and elementary school clarinet teacher. The youngest student I've ever taught was six years old, and I'm happy to work with children, adolescents, and adults. During undergrad in college, I also worked the music theory tutoring lab giving theory lessons to college students, so if a high school student is studying music theory, I would be able to assist with that as well.
For younger students who are a member of a school band or choir, I will spend a good portion of the time working out of whichever method book and other materials they use for class, in order to make the content in congruence with their other instruction. However, method books and beginner level ensemble repertoire only go so far because they are written to appeal to every instrument, not just one. In light of this, I will provide additional practice materials that are specific to the instrument each student plays or sings. For more advanced students, virtually all material will come from me, with the exception of students who request help with particularly difficult passages in their other repertoire. Regardless of experience, I believe all students should have a solid foundation of fundamental technique and music theory, and the materials I provide will aim to develope those skills.
I take a very detailed and analytical approach to music performance, and this is reflected in my teaching. I believe many students look at a piece of music that seems too difficult and become too overwhelmed to realize that's it's not as difficult as it may first appear. By breaking down music into its components, pitch, rhythm, dynamic, articulation, etc., and tackling each item one at a time, students who thought of music as a strange and foreign language begin to see it as something that just works and makes sense. During my lessons, I also highly value teacher demonstration, as well as duets between teacher and student, so that the student is never left without a proper model.
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