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MM Northwestern University, Clarinet Performance
BM, Eastman School of Music, Clarinet Performance
Orchestra Noir Concerto Competition Finalist Eastman School of Music Performer's Certificate Artist in Residence with the Cape Cod Symphony
I am a dedicated teacher and am invested in not just the musical but also the personal and academic growth of my students. Growing up, I found the music was an excellent vehicle for to not only express myself artistically but also to learn about the world around me. I spent the 2017-2018 academic year serving as a teaching artist through ArtistYear, America's first national service program dedicated exclusively to the arts. I was honored to serve over 500 students by enriching their arts education, and was inspired daily by their creativity, enthusiasm, and individualism. I began studying the clarinet at age 8, and graduated from the Eastman School of Music in May of 2017. I have had the opportunity to study at the Brevard Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, where I performed both with student and faculty orchestras. Prior to beginning my collegiate studies, I was fortunate to take part in the inaugural year of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States through Carnegie Hall's Weill Education Institute. As a member of this orchestra, I performed in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as in London at the BBC Proms. I was honored to work with Joshua Bell as our violin soloist and under world renowned conductor Maestro Valery Gergiev.
I spend the 2017-2018 academic year working full time at Charles W. Henry Elementary School in Mt. Airy, PA. I therefore have a lot of experience working with children grades K-8. I have also been teaching privately for 2 years. With younger students in particular, I like to focus on a combination of instrumental performance, music history/appreciation, as well as music theory. I have found that kids have a natural enthusiasm for music, even if some adults may deem it too 'complex' for them. I am always grateful for the opportunity to teach students, as it allows me to share my love of music with others!
I think that it is very important to teach not just how to play an instrument, but also the fundamentals of how music works and why. I create custom lesson plans so that my students not only learn to play the clarinet, but also gain fluency in music reading and music theory. Although method books are helpful tools, I do not consider myself or my students bound to them and I work with each student and their individual goals in order to craft lesson plans that work for both of us. I will always work with a combination of technique work, solo work, and general musicianship work so that my students remain well rounded musicians.
My teaching style allows room for students to explore their own individual interests while remaining within a framework of achievable and incremental goals. One of the amazing things about music instruction is it allows people (especially younger students) to learn the process of incremental goal setting and achievement for long term success. I like to work with my students to develop a set of goals and a game plan for how they can achieve what might seem far off to them. Through this process, my students learn not only how to succeed in music, but also how to succeed in anything they set their minds to.
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