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BA, Colorado State University, English
Teacher license, secondary language arts
PLACE test, Colorado state standardized requirement for educators
Featured "Entrepeneur of the Week" in the North Denver Tribune, October, 2007
Although I have taken several college classes in music -- everything from music theory to Garage Band (music software) -- most of my education as a musician, and as a music teacher, has come from real-life musicians! I've personally grown up with many excellent piano players, drummers and singers, so I've been taught by the best. My first love was piano, and currently I sing and play the drums in my church choir. I look forward to teaching you how to MAKE music, not just know all about it. My studio is actually the stage/sanctuary area of a little church where they love their music... baby grand piano, large digital keyboard, full drum set, elaborate PA system for their singers. The church services are practically concerts!
As a licensed teacher with experience teaching pretty much every age (1st grade-adult) and skill level of students, across a wide variety of subjects (English lit.-music theory), I have developed a music program that gets students learning fast -- and enjoying it! As much as I love making music -- being part of a group performing songs live is a huge thrill! -- that's not my profession... My profession is teaching. If you're sitting next to me on the school bus on the way to the skiing field trip, you're gonna know your multiplication chart and 10 new state capitals by the time we get to the mountain. What I pride myself in the most, what I'm motivated by the most, are the accomplishments of my students, not the accomplishments of me!
Piano and Drum class descriptions: PIANO - Our emphasis will be on playing well-known songs, using the page you're reading, your ear, and your memory. With less emphasis on notation (we'll read the treble clef most of the time, and the bass clef almost never), and more on music theory and playing by ear, you'll move along quickly and feel like a part of the band in months, not years! My piano students also get some coaching and experience in singing (if they want to) -- I can help you to sing along with what you're playing, if you'd like to be a singer who can accompany yourself on the piano. DRUMS - You'll learn how to separate and control the four body parts (two hands, two feet) quickly, and then create a beat you can really feel -- we'll emphasize making it sound like music, not reading complex drum notation. Also you'll have a chance to learn other percussion instruments (optional) -- sometimes hand drums and a tambourine are just what a particular gig calls for, and it's nice to have that versatility! All lesson plans are created day by day, specifically for the particular student at that particular moment of your progress.
I have a little card taped to a bookcase in my living room that says: "Give 'em something they can DO." This means the students needs to be able to put things into action, into motion. Everything will make more sense for you when you physically DO it. Then my card says, "Give 'em something they CAN do." This is an important distinction! When the activities are do-able, from the very beginning, students experience success and their confidence begins to grow. This comes from low-pressure experiences, each at the right place in the sequence of skill learning. In any field, seeing that you CAN do it makes all the difference!
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