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Doctoral Degree: Texas Christian University
2017 - Myrna Brown National Competition
2017 - Aspen Music Festival Fellowship for Contemporary Music
2015 - TCU STARS Scholarship
2013 - Winner of Iran Flute Society Flute Competition
I am a freelance musician and educator in DFW Area ! As far as I remember, I have always loved teaching, making music and being involved with musical activities! I came to US 6 years ago to study Flute Performance at TCU and currently I have finished my Doctoral degree in flute performance. On the side, I have spent 3 summers of intensive study in Aspen and I have studied with many top notch flutists around the country! For the coming years, I will be focusing on teaching, competitions and recording more albums while living here in Texas!
I started teaching very early on and as far as I remember, I always have taught flute lessons. I have many years of experience teaching all levels. From college students to adult amateurs and 5th and 6th grade beginners, I have taught hundreds of students in Iran and United States. My students have made it to national competitions and all-state band and many of my students study in music schools around the country. Recently, one of my high school students won the Texas Flute Society high school competition.
I have taught many different students through different flute methods and at this point, I don't believe in any specific method. Every flute book has its cons and pros. I usually use a combination of different books and I strongly believe the student should aim to learn music not the technique. Once the student is interested in the music, the process of teaching technique will be much easier and very natural to complete. currently, depending on the level, I use a combination of Repertoire+Etudes+Scales/Technique.
I have had the privilege to start teaching at a very early age and work with a variety of levels and students in two different countries. Throughout the past ten years, I have attended conventions, masterclasses, online courses and sought out the most esteemed flutists in the country for private study to broaden my views as an artist and pedagogue. Throughout all these years, the most repeated statement I have heard has been the famous phrase “teaching music is more important than teaching the instrument.” I firmly believe in the magic of getting the students interested in the music itself, although, an academic setting has its nuances. A professor in the academia should be aware of the necessity of understanding the limited time of the students’ schedule, prioritizing their needs and being as adaptive to their specific individual goals as possible.
Teaching in Texas public schools and being in touch with diverse families from different backgrounds has had an impact on my other aspects of teaching philosophy. The most prominent point of this impact is the awareness of what the instructor might not see or know in the lesson as far as family problems, health problems and most importantly the mental health of the students. A private lesson is a complex dialogue between two individuals. This complexity exists because of the background of the students. The experience of speaking with parents and families has taught me to not rush to judgments in my assessments of students too quickly. I believe one should always talk about the possibilities not the rules in a lesson. These possibilities include a wide range of different ideas given to the students to make them decide to pick the one that fits the best. This approach would make the students learn how to judge and decide on their own when it’s needed. Eventually, the students would grow their artistic judgments. Teaching music is teaching how to choose among the options. The teacher’s job is to help the students making the final decision. Like teaching an instrument, teaching a class can be a profound learning experience. Although group classes contain many students at a time, I have always tried to include a personal assignment to address the differences among the students. Through these differences, the class can learn, grow and most of the time, have a great time learning. Also, I am a big advocate of using new technologies in the classroom such as multimedia features and online resources.
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