Bachelors Degree in elementary education with music emphasis
Professional Diploma in elementary education
I am a passionate,motivated instructor who loves teaching music to people of all ages. I have taught children as young as 3 as well as adults. I believe it is never too late to learn an instrument. With the right instructor and dedication, students can achieve their musical dreams. My early experiences as a music teacher for the Ellen Masaki School of Music was the foundation of my music career. From there i opened my own studio, My education degree has given me extensive knowledge and resources to better meet the various learning styles of my students-especially those with learning challenges. As a parent of a special needs child myself, I understand what it is like to be creative and to keep students motivated as well as challenged.
I was hired by Ellen Masaki, owner of the Ellen Masaki School of Music while I was in college. I taught there for almost 10 years before I opened my own home studio, from which I have been teaching for over 25 years. I use a variety of motivational strategies to encourage consistent practice as it it the foundation of success. My students take great pride in their achievements, especially those that are challenging. I find that individualizing repertoire is a powerful motivational tool as it encourages students to want to progress in order to meet the challenge of playing their preferred musical genre. To make lessons more fun and engaging for my younger students, i utilize the learning games and features that are programmed on my digital piano, Since my students enjoy them so much, I use it as a reward activity as well.
I use a variety of methods for young beginners (depending on their age) - Faber& Faber, Alfred, Alfred Premiere, Bastien, and Hal Leonard. For beginning adult students, I find Faber & Faber for the older beginner to well paced to teach fundamentals. My digital piano has engaging learning games to reinforce fundamental note reading and rhythm, as well as aural training, chord recognition, and sight reading play along songs. My students love to see their play along music scores, and are always challenging themselves to improve. Once students have grasped the foundation skills, I introduce solo repertoire in their interest catagory.
Since every student is unique, my approach to instruction is also unique, I customize all of my lessons to keep them engaging. motivating, and fun. I set achievable goals for my students at every lesson and reward them when they are met. Applauding their accomplishments is a powerful motivator, I am able to use the fun features of my digital piano to blend various musical instruments, voices, and sound effects together to further enhance the musical experience as well as develop an ear for a variety of sound combinations.