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MM, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Composition
BM, University of Indianapolis, Percussion Performance (with concentrations in Composition and Recording)
2012-2014 - University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music scholarship
2008-2012 - University of Indianapolis music scholarship
2011 - Accepted into the 50th Anniversary of the Percussive Arts Society Marimba Orchestra
2009-2012 - Principle of University of Indianapolis percussion section
2008 - Accepted into the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band
Music is definitely my passion, and I love taking any opportunities I get to help spread my love for music to others. So far, I have two degrees in music: my Bachelor's from the University of Indianapolis in Percussion Performance (with concentrations in composition and recording) and my Master's from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in composition. I'll be entering into my doctoral degree in composition at UC-CCM in the spring of 2015, but don't let my graduate pursuit of composition degrees fool you - I'm definitely a percussionist at heart, and timbre is one of the primary focuses of my compositions. I've even continued my percussion studies while in Cincinnati, studying with James Culley of the world-famous Percussion Group Cincinnati. Education has been very important to me - not just my own, but that of others as well. I've been involved with teaching for over 10 years, from my early days of being a section leader in high school to private percussion teaching throughout my undergraduate years, and I intend to keep teaching for the rest of my life.
My teaching experience goes all the way back to 2003, when I was a percussion section leader in junior high school. I was a section leader throughout high school and on into my undergraduate degree in percussion. This involved both teaching groups of my peers but also giving individual attention to anyone who needed the extra help. From 2008-2012, during my undergraduate degree, I also began officially teaching private lessons through the University of Indianapolis' Community Music Center. I had a number of students during this time. I also spent a few of these years teaching at various high schools. I've taught a variety of age groups, and have enjoyed bringing music education to them all!
Regardless of what percussion studies a student does and does not want to pursue, I start with a strong focus on the nuts and bolts of percussive technique. Doing these techniques can open the door to any number of advanced percussion areas. However, just because rudimentary techniques are necessary doesn't mean they can't be fun! Whatever area of percussion a student is interested in, we immediately begin applying the core areas of technique to that area. Regardless of age or experience, my students are always happy with the results!
I use what I like to call the 'journal method' in my teaching. At the end of each lesson, according to the progress a student has made, I will write a number of assignments in a journal the student brings every week. This way, a student can move forward in some techniques while giving more focus to another area that still needs a little work. I also like to give bonus work to the students so that if they need a break, they have fresh material to work on. In addition, I like to give listening suggestions in a student's journal, because after all, music is all about listening!
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