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Master of Public Health Certified Health Education Specialist (Music Therapy)
I have been a professional educator since 2008 and have been teaching music since 2015. I currently play with a church choir and I also lead the Williamson College Jazz Club. My main interests include Blues and Classic Rock, though I have taught a variety of styles at the beginner and intermediate levels. With regards to performance, I have primarily played religious music though the Williamson Jazz club has been performing since 2017. I have found that having a passion for music leads to successful group performances regardless of the style or venue.
I have been a professional educator since 2008 and have worked at all levels from elementary, high school and college. I have been teaching guitar since 2015 and have focused on blues and jazz, though the majority of my performance experience is playing religious music. I have taught homeschooled children beginner and intermediate guitar in both private and group settings. I have also taught college students classic rock and blues style guitar. In addition to teaching and performing, I work in geriatric care facilities providing Music Therapy to hospice patients.
For any student that I teach, I always start by finding out the student's primary motivation and interests and then I develop the teaching style appropriate to their needs. Often times, beginning adult learners are simply interested in learning some songs so beginning with chord progressions to build up confidence and have them playing something recognizable within a few short lessons. For beginner students that are interested in theory, I typically start with the Major, Minor and Pentatonic Scales and then go into Chord Progressions in various Keys. Depending on the student's interests and skills, I will then go into the Circle of Fifths and Song Writing.
Regardless of the subject, students learn best when they are relaxed and enjoying themselves. I like to incorporate humor into my teaching and I always focus on the idea that the student is learning because they want to enjoy themselves. Music is one of the most enjoyable experiences we have and learning music should be fun. Because Motivation plays an important role in any learning situation, I always focus on the student's interests. I have found that it is easier to learn how to play a song that you already love. Finding a student's Intrinsic Motivation and ensuring that they are enjoying themselves is key to a successful student/teacher relationship.
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