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Montclair State University, Music Education
2014 - Performed with Montclair State Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall
Welcome! I am an instrumentalist who specializes in saxophone, but may also teach piano and violin. Primarily, I work in Bergen County and I currently have a very flexible schedule. I earned 140 bachelor credits in Music Education and have been on several symphony tours along the East Coast, in addition to performing at both Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall. Most of my teaching experience is with youth, ages 10 and under, but I am eager to work with older students as well. I strive to build long-term lessons with all of my parents and students and look forward to enabling you with the tools to succeed!
I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I started enjoying high school. I took concert band as an elective and everything snowballed from there. i was in pit orchestras, jazz bands, marching bands, honors bands, and performed for my own senior graduation. Now, I like to teach because of all I have experienced; I pass on the good I have seen and correct the bad. My favorite part of teaching music is seeing students exceed their own expectations - and their parents' too! We are often capable of more than we can imagine, we just need the proper guidance to show us. Our lessons will not only be master the fundamentals, be be a gateway for lasting self expression.
My method is completely based on my student's goals. No two students are the same, so no students' private lesson plan should be the same either. I am able to adhere to district standards if the student is interested in public school band, while also being experienced enough to create custom lessons for musicians who want to play on the side or work on solo repertoire. I have experience with most of the standard pedagogical text (i.e., Standard of Excellence, Essential Elements, Suzuki) and keep up to date with new and upcoming musical works.
I once had a teacher who would not teach. He turned out to be the best teacher. Confused? So was I. He taught music by making his students teach music. He never gave us the answers, but he never left us hanging in our time of need either. He would give us just enough tools so that we could scaffold the answer(s) ourselves. I have always found this to be a very effective teaching method, one that leads to a deeper and more memorable understand of any subject. In turn, I like to give my students the fundamentals, then help them use their own critical thinking to apply them appropriately.
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