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Course Work: New England Conservatory
2018- New England Conservatory Merit Scholarship
2018- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Merit Scholarship
2018- TCU Trombone Summit High School Solo Competition Finalist
2018- International Trombone Association Solo Competition Finalist
2018- Finalist for NPR's From the Top
I'm a passionate and driven young musician eager to share the knowledge and experience I have and grow with others through teaching. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Bass Trombone Performance at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, studying under James Markey, bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I have performed around the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, Spain, France, and Massachusetts, in great halls like the Meyerson Symphony Center and Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall.
My teaching experience comes from coaching sectionals, and giving private instruction and classes over all-state etudes and solo repertoire to other students during high school. I have been in teaching roles for other students since I was about 14 years old. I believe that even more than my past teaching and mentoring experience, being a dutiful student throughout my life as a trombonist has shaped my ideals on teaching. It is my firm belief that above all else, fostering a love of music and enjoying oneself through studying the trombone is important in learning the instrument.
I believe that each student requires differing methods of instruction in order to grow, so I stay adaptable in which exercises and etudes/solos I assign to meet this requirement. I am also generally happy to hear whatever a student wants to bring in if they have suggestions of their own. I think that being open to working on what a student wants to work on, at least most of the time, is instrumental in ensuring that the student stays motivated in their practicing and continues to have fun playing the trombone! Of course, newer students may not know what they don't know, so I have a beginner's routine prepared for students who are beginning their journey with the trombone and plenty of other suggestions.
My goal with my students is always to see them enjoy themselves while growing as musicians. I want to know what inspires my students and what they strive for as well, though it's always okay if they can't answer that immediately. Learning an instrument is a journey. I believe that the most important part of my teaching style is positive reinforcement. The most successful teachers and mentors that I know or have studied with readily acknowledge a student's strengths and are not afraid of letting them know when they are proud of their students. This is important in keeping a student motivated and willing to look at pursuing the study of the trombone with optimism and positivity.
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