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Master Degree: University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor Degree: University of California - Berkeley
Professional Certificate: NJ Rutgers
Christopher Peterson Fellowship Award - UPenn
I'm a passionate and motivated music instructor who loves working with students and performing. In 2006, I graduated from UC Berkeley with an interdisciplinary music degree, and in 2011 I continued studies at the California Jazz Conservatory. This year I am graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, which allows me to bring the latest in positive psychology to my classes. I've worked with multiple bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, ranging from Cumbia and Salsa bands to jazz and choral music. I've performed in all types of service-orientations, and have made a living from playing a musician internationally.
I enjoy motivating my students by using music as a stepping stone for human development. Through my classes, students learn how to truly express themselves, develop a sense of purpose, grit, and confidence. Through hard work and dedication, I've found that most students are able to surprise themselves in how fast they improve. I have found that by collaborating with students in finding their preferences, lessons can go really well. I think the most important thing is keeping lessons the right mix of fun, engaging, and challenging. I'm looking forward to working with you!
For beginning students, I typically start with getting to know the instrument in a fun and engaging ways. Often, I will use metaphors and stories, and to see the magic in being able to make sound to communicate. I will typically start out with ten minutes of a fun warm up, ten minutes of a very slightly challenging technical aspect, and then end with and theoretical and fun application of what we have learned. I am always quite interested in finding ways for students to understand and enjoy the process of practicing smart, not hard.
I find that when children are able to see small progress, that's the best motivation they can have. My job as a teacher is to provide a powerful balance between fun and enjoyment of accomplishment and just enough challenge to keep things interesting. I find that when students are able to really appreciate the skill that they have developed, they are able to bring a greater degree of self-efficacy to the table, which propels them forward. I enjoy so much seeing this continual process of improvement, and makes my job as a teacher so enjoyable.
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