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BM, Butler University, Piano Pedagogy MM, Butler University, Piano Pedagogy Educational Specialist (EDD), Brain Sciences, Neurology, autism, music
National Dean's List 2002 Former student played in Carnegie Hall spring 2018
I am highly motivated to determine the unique musical talent of each individual student, and their learning style and developing their potential. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Special Education. This degree is the same as an ED D, but many electives. Mine was in brain sciences, neurology, autism, developmental disorders, and music. This degree enables me to use music for cognitive improvement in autism. I am co-authoring a book on the brain, music, and autism with a brain scientist. In addition, I have developed my own piano teaching repertoire based on the natural harmonic functions of scales and how the brain processes this information.
I have been teaching piano for over twenty years and love seeing the progress in my students! I teach all ages, the youngest being 3 years, the oldest being 75. I teach all types of learners from typical to prodigies, and children with developmental disorders such as ADD, Dyslexia and autism, even cerebral palsy. My students learn the scale positions, scales, chords, and they learn to improvise and compose. They also learn to identify the chords contained in their repertoire. We learn all of the aspects of music. Preparing piano students for college entrance auditions is a speciality of mine. One student received full tuition waived based on his audition of Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin. My students also receive superior ratings at piano competitions.
I teach scale positions and chords, improvising, and use various methods of piano repertoire, the students learning style dictates the structure of instruction. My students learn to play folk tunes "by ear" and transpose them to each of the 12 keys, including the minor keys. In addition, my students compose their music in order to learn to read music. We learn "fun music" as well as pop, and classical. I started "Night at The Movies" at a university where i teach, the students composed their own song, and made a video that expresses the message to go with it. I believe every student learns differently and therefore the elements of music should be taught according to the student's ability, not the student to the book.
One of my greatest joys in life is observing a joy in piano! Therefore I strive to administer the elements of music to the student's learning style, how they would use piano for their own enjoyment and for their families enjoyment. Each student is different with different goals, desires, learning styles, and objectives. Teaching according to the individual's learning style, expectations, desires, and goals is critical in piano development. The teacher must discard the concern for only the superior students in his studio because some students have learning impairments and put the individual first.
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