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BM, Loyola University New Orleans, Music Composition
2009 - Music Scholarship - Loyola University New Orleans
2013 - Premiered piece for orchestra with Loyola Symphony
2013 - Graduated Magna Cum Laude - Loyola University New Orleans
I am a skilled and passionate instructor, composer, pianist, and organist as well as a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Initially self-taught on the piano, I had my first experience with lessons on the organ thanks to the charity of Dr. Marcus St. Julien, and I want to pass that spirit of mentoring on to every student I meet. I am experienced in and passionate about all kinds of classical music, ranging from Bach to Beethoven to Ravel, Prokofiev, and Schoenberg, and I also have a background in jazz and pop music.
My teaching experience may not be centered around lessons in a private studio, but it is still centered around music and the individual student. I have extensive experience tutoring students in music theory at all levels (from basic reading comprehension to large-scale analysis of contemporary works), and through that I have come to understand that knowing the student as an individual and understanding their desires and motivations are the key to connecting with one and teaching successfully. My other main source of experience is coaching for undergraduate and graduate level vocalists and woodwind players. It requires intimate knowledge of the instruments one is working with as well as an understanding of the music that they are playing at a deep enough level to be able to communicate effectively.
I like to create my own lesson plans and materials, though if the student (or their parent) would like a specific method, I would be happy to oblige. For beginner, I start with the fundamentals of reading music: reading note names in different registers, reading rhythms (I like to use the Eastman system for speaking rhythms), and sight-reading skills using movable do solfeggio (all this in a manner that suits the student, whether a child or an adult. Solo repertoire is kept well-rounded and suitable for performance, with an emphasis both on technique and on expression. Collaboration with other musicians is always encouraged. The most important thing, though, is that the student plays what they find interesting, engaging, and fun!
I like to teach by setting both short- and long-term goals with the student. My personal goal is to help the student learn a healthy and strong passion for music and to prepare them to accomplish their ambitions and to continue playing after they are finished working with me, whether it is as an amateur, as a continuing student, as a conservatory student, or as a professional. I want to equip each student to be an auto-didact, capable of teaching themselves, and to be able to teach music themselves.
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