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Idaho State University, Violin Performance Brigham Young University, Violin Performance
2010-2012 Idaho State Civic Symphony Scholarship 2010-2012 Performed with the Idaho State Civic Symphony 2007-2010 Idaho Falls High School Orchestra 1996-2006 Performed in Music Festival, receiving multiple awards and ribbons
I am a passionate teacher who absolutely loves working with students and sharing my love of music! I started violin when I was just 5 years old, and I have been playing ever since! I have been trained in Classical music since I started playing, and I have played in many orchestras and quartets. Performing has been one of the greatest joys and learning experiences in my life! I have been blessed with many opportunities to perform with and learn from some of the greatest musicians in the country, and the world!
My experience teaching goes back to high school. I began teaching over 10 years ago, and have been teaching students in my home studio ever since! I enjoy teaching students of all ages and all levels. I have experience teaching students with disabilities as well, and I can accommodate those needs. I approach each student a little differently, since the needs vary from student to student. I really like to encourage my students to learn in many different ways, and this motivates my students, and makes playing the violin fun! A combination of different styles of music, also can encourage practice and make learning enjoyable. My students are encouraged to do recitals and enter competitions, as well as play in orchestra. Lessons are filled with lots of different strategies, techniques, games, and composition activists to keep the student engaged, and motivated to learn! I am always excited to bring on new students!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with the Suzuki Books. Suzuki encourages ear training, which is only part of what I like to teach. Sight reading is a very important skill to have, and I use other books and materials to ensure sight reading is learned. I begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for a recital performance, as well as their skill level. For adults, I will find out what they are interested in learning, and shape my instruction to keep the lessons engaging for them, no matter what level they are at!
The most important thing for me, is to see my students find joy in playing the violin. If they don't enjoy it, then I am not doing my job! I like to set goals for my students, and provide a reward that gets them excited about meeting that goal. I like to acknowledge my students success and progress, which is why I do different challenges and goal setting with my students. Doing this, ensures that my students will be inspired, and have the desire to keep working and progressing towards being a better musician. By finding what drives that student, I can help them succeed!
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