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BM University of Missouri, String Bass Performance
2012 Whitmore String Award 2012 Orchestra Scholarship 2013 MMTA Solo Competition Honorable Mention
Great musicians play with passion and I love sharing that with students. I graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in String Bass performance. I have always enjoyed exploring new places and meeting new people throughout my performance career. I have played in many regions of the US and in China with the string bass and it has given me a incredibly rewarding career. I love to play classical music, jam in all styles, and lead a rock band every now and then. My students are driven and have fun playing music!
I started teaching guitar shortly after beginning the instrument in 2005. Since then I have taught guitar, and string bass consistently as well as being a classroom music teacher for the past two years. I put a lot of focus on younger students developing good habits early and help them see the benefits of regular practice as their passion for music grows. I believe incorporation into daily life is vital to retention and I find ways to get students involved outside of lessons as much as possible. I will often encourage students to perform with me when they are ready as well as join clubs that highlight their abilities to make friends in the musical world. I value creativity in music lessons and take an honest approach in order to help students focus on their individual needs. I'm looking to build a great studio in Denver with musicians of all ages and abilities!
Regardless of technical ability, we will make music during lesson 1. Younger guitar students will work through the Hal Leonard Guitar for Kids Method with me in order to establish comfortability. From there we will progress into learning songs, developing musical interests, and playing our first performance. Adult students bring their own experience and interests that will be used to guide lessons individually. String Bass students will begin with the George Vance Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass. This is a great book that focuses on music making right away with an otherwise unwieldy instrument. Adults will begin with this method as well to establish good habits while moving into whatever musical interests they have.
There is no baby talk in my lessons! Although they may have less of a musical vocabulary, I believe all students have an awesome musical ability, and I view my role is to guide and and support them from eye level. I treat all of my students like great musicians and I am simply holding the door for them. Lessons will start with a great warm up and then once it's been determined what the need is, we will set a goal. Throughout the lessons, we will practice solving problems and developing good habits. I like to have students successfully deal with musical difficulties throughout their lessons in a fun and rewarding way. After the lesson my hope is that students will have a clear understanding of what to work on as well as be inspired to go out a do it.
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