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Bachelor Degree: New England Conservatory of Music
I am an active educator and performer in Connecticut. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Boston's prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in 2010, I have enjoyed teaching students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Whether in the classroom or the lesson studio, my passion for teaching is re-ignited each day by insights and progress or my students. My freelance performance schedule includes extensive work playing percussion for musical theatre, playing keyboards Bruce Springsteen tribute project, and playing organ and directing a choir at Congregational worship services.
Since tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in music theory as a teaching assistant in college, I have maintained a studio of private keyboard and percussion students throughout Connecticut. Whether the student is preparing for an audition, wants to learn to play their favorite pop tunes, or needs help learning their part for school band, I can draw from my two decades of formal training and years of professional performing experience to offer insight, guidance, and tailor-made instruction.
Along with the student's individual interests, a focus on sight reading, ear training, and technical mastery guides the lesson curriculum. Setting ambitious but achievable goals, as well as seeking out performance opportunities, is key to measuring a student's progress and ensuring that they continue to develop as a musician. Although particular method books and exercises can be useful, I adapt my methods according to the student's strengths and areas for improvement because a one-size-fits-all approach leaves many students behind.
My teaching approach begins by getting to know the student's musical background and goals for the future, and identifying which musicianship skills would most benefit the student. I have learned that being patient and keeping these goals in mind benefits both the teacher and the student. As a result of adopting this approach, my students exemplify a commitment to learning and maintain their love of music. Some continue to study at a higher level, others switch instruments or move away, but all have a rewarding experience studying with me.
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