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BM, East Carolina University, Music Education
I graduated from East Carolina University in 2016 with my Bachelors of Music in Music Education. Since then I have taught in music studios, public school settings, and private lessons. Finding the individual way each student best understands and develops their ability and love for music is my specialty and I believe the best way to learn is while having fun! I have experience teaching students of all ages, from early elementary students to adults wanting to learn more. I have also had many professional contracts as a musician and still perform, so I understand what the demands for a musician are in the music and performance industry.
I began teaching music lessons before I actually graduated with my degree in Music Education! In college, I gave voice lessons to fellow students regularly and lead many rehearsals and after school music camps for elementary and middle school aged students. While student teaching, I had the opportunity to lead 5 different choirs, lead 8 different levels of music education and give after school tutoring to students. After graduation, I taught in a music studio focusing primarily on piano students and guitar students of a wide age range. Some of my students were preparing for shows or competitions, while others simply wanted to learn the joy of creating music! I have also led a professional choir as captain of the choir, led rehearsals of professional singers, and given individual vocal coaching to professional singers.
My musical philosophy is heavily rooted in the Suzuki method of teaching music. I believe that a student can't simply pick up an instrument once a week and become proficient with it, but rather, they must practice a minimum of 30 minutes daily, and enjoy what they are doing! Music can lead to better grades in school, higher memory retention, and an improved sense of discipline and responsibility, but I believe that that all stems in the fun factor that music provides. Everyone has heard horror stories of music lessons that they were forced to take with teachers who forced students to play music they were not interested in. I whole heartily believe that this is the fastest way to severe a student's relationship with creating music. The musical education process should be one that the student enjoys and wants to nurture to become the best musician they can!
Depending on the level of the student and the instrument, I begin with fundamentals such as scales and note names, to foster a better musical understanding, while simultaneously including music that the student can enjoy that ties in with the fundamentals we are currently working on. After the student is confident with the topics, we begin to move on to more repertoire that slowly expands their working knowledge of music while finding pieces that the student enjoys playing most.
My teaching style is based around having fun while learning important techniques. Some students will pick up a technique or a piece of music in one week, while another might struggle with the same piece for a whole month, and that's okay! I will never force a student to move on from something they feel less than great about, and with that ideology, I believe students gain the confidence that is so vital to the creative process of music making. Student's should never feel like they are being punished for not understanding a concept, and should instead feel supported and comfortable asking questions and taking the time they need to fully understand and master the techniques of their chosen instrument.
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