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Megan D In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, Electronic, Showtunes, New Age, Marching Band

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Megan D In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, Electronic, Showtunes, New Age, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Master's of Music Theory, New England Conservatory; Bachelor's of Music Theory, Texas Tech University; Minor in French, Texas Tech University; High School Diploma in Music, Interlochen Arts Academy.
Awards:
Dean's Scholarship NEC 2017-2019; Magna Cum Laude 2017; Who’s Who of Texas Tech Award Recipient 2016; Golden Key International Honor Society of Texas Tech University 2013-present; School of Music CH Foundation Scholarship 2012-present; US Achievement Academy-USA National Band Recognition 2009-2011.
Overview:
I am extremely passionate about music and teaching and have been sharing this passion with students for several years. I recently graduated with my bachelor's of music from Texas Tech University and have begun my master's of music program at the New England Conservatory of Music. I've been playing saxophone for twelve years, clarinet and piano for six years, and have been teaching lessons for seven years. I have performed at Alice Tully Hall, the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland, the Kennedy Center, Symphony Center, and more. My philosophy is this: Music is essential to child development. Learning and practicing (especially individual practice) require great amounts of patience and discipline. Numerous studies show that people who learn an instrument tend to excel across all academic areas. Patience, determination, and discipline can be used in every career and along every path… not just music. For students, I seek to challenge them and inspire them with the hope of seeing how much they grow and exceed their own expectations. I am there to teach, to correct, and to inspire. I help students develop beyond the basic principles of playing an instrument, helping them develop control of dynamics, phrasing, articulation, the idea of the golden ratio, connecting phrases into ideas, and other BIG PICTURE topics.
EXPERIENCE
My teaching experience began in high school, where I taught elementary and middle school students music lessons and math. I have more than seven years of individual lesson teaching and have taught students from ages 3 to 65. I am passionate about music and helping others reach their potential and exceed their personal goals. Music has shaped me and I love watching it shape the lives of others! I studied music in high school, my undergraduate, and currently in my master's of music program at the New England Conservatory. Upon completion of my masters, I will continue towards my PhD in music theory. With the successful completion of my PhD, I will go on to teach as a collegiate professor of music theory. I look forward to working with you!
METHODS USED
My methods and philosophy are tightly connected. When talking to parents, I like to explain why music is essential to child development. Learning and practicing (especially individual practice) require great amounts of patience and discipline. Many aspects of performance cause you to develop and stretch your brain. Numerous studies show that people who learn an instrument, tend to more successful across all academic areas. And patience, determination, and discipline can be used in every career and along every path… not just music. For students, my philosophy is to challenge them by encouraging challenging repertoire and performance concepts. I am there to teach, to correct, and to inspire. Individual practice, outside of lessons, is used as preparation so that the student can learn everything beyond the written notes during their lesson. This includes performance elements, such as: dynamics, phrasing, articulation, the idea of the golden ratio (everything leading to one ultimate place), connecting phrases into ideas, and other BIG PICTURE STUFF. An hour is a very small amount of time, so it is important to come prepared with your concerns and questions, after learning about the issues in individual practice. For all of my students, I like to find out what type of music really connects with them. Students who connect with a type or genre of music are more likely to stay motivated and interested even when they encounter challenges. I like to incorporate solo music with technical exercises like scales, arpeggios, and smaller etudes. In addition, I introduce music theory concepts that are relevant to the music they are playing. The combination of solo repertoire, technique exercises, and music theory, create a well rounded and advanced musician, capable of playing any piece of music they desire!
LESSON STYLE
My methods and philosophy are tightly connected. When talking to parents, I like to explain why music is essential to child development. Learning and practicing (especially individual practice) require great amounts of patience and discipline. Many aspects of performance cause you to develop and stretch your brain. Numerous studies show that people who learn an instrument, tend to more successful across all academic areas. And patience, determination, and discipline can be used in every career and along every path… not just music. For students, my philosophy is to challenge them by encouraging challenging repertoire and performance concepts. I am there to teach, to correct, and to inspire. Individual practice, outside of lessons, is used as preparation so that the student can learn everything beyond the written notes during their lesson. This includes performance elements, such as: dynamics, phrasing, articulation, the idea of the golden ratio (everything leading to one ultimate place), connecting phrases into ideas, and other BIG PICTURE STUFF. An hour is a very small amount of time, so it is important to come prepared with your concerns and questions, after learning about the issues in individual practice. For all of my students, I like to find out what type of music really connects with them. Students who connect with a type or genre of music are more likely to stay motivated and interested even when they encounter challenges. I like to incorporate solo music with technical exercises like scales, arpeggios, and smaller etudes. In addition, I introduce music theory concepts that are relevant to the music they are playing. The combination of solo repertoire, technique exercises, and music theory, create a well rounded and advanced musician, capable of playing any piece of music they desire!
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