Course Work: Coe College
2018-2020 All-State Musician
Williston Jones Full Tuition Marshall Music Scholarship
I have always been involved with anything I can with music, starting by listening to the radio at age 4, to being where I am today. As a 3 year All-Stater, I know how a musical ensemble must be run and how each individual student must be catered to, to get the best possible out of each and every student. Since 7th grade I knew I wanted to teach music one day, and doing this is something I adore. I have taught many things to many different grade levels, but as a music education major teaching music is what I most adore. I love working with kids and continuing to solidify both my passion and their passion for music!
My first real lesson experience was teaching my youngest brother and sister on their instruments. I was always gentle and patient and liked hearing about what they were thinking about as they were playing. After that, a friend posted something on his Instagram story saying a family friend couldn’t attend the band camps that their school district put out, as they were going on vacation those weeks. I let him know I could do lessons, and we set them up for the next 7 weeks. After that, as I was in college, I knew I wanted to teach lessons. I asked my directors to be put on the list for private instructors in the Marion and Cedar Rapids area. From this I have given private lessons to many new people that have since continued their journey into the wide world of music.
I generally tend to start with Sound Innovations, co-written by Peter Booneshaft. The reason for this is at All-State my junior year, Dr. Peter Booneshaft was the guest director. I was able to ask him many questions about how a beginning student should be taught, and what fundamentals would be especially important to them. However, if the student already has a lesson book or a book they would like to work out of, I am more than glad to work with them on it! There are many different repertoires and books that will help a student progress, so you shouldn’t have to worry about buying a new book if you already have one they can work out of!
Teaching students has always been a passion of mine. To get the student to understand and figure out exactly what I can do to make the student be the best player possible is always something I strive for. Many students learn in a wide variety of styles. As an instructor, I have learned to adapt to each style as best as I can, and make sure I have every lesson prepared for each student. Emphasis won’t just be on playing the notes correctly, they will learn to name notes, dynamics, and articulations. To make a player the best they can be, I learned in my experience that they must know the basics without the instrument to be able to transfer them to the instrument.