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Bachelor Degree: Belmont University
I'm an artist and musician who is eager to teach beginners and intermediate players how to play the piano. I've been playing piano for over 17 years and have a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University in commercial piano performance. I'm well-versed in the styles of classical, jazz, rock, country, blues, and new-age/ambient music, and have experience playing in jazz bands, musical pit orchestras, and playing my own solo repertoire. I'm currently working on writing my own music that I hope to put out in the near future.
My teaching experience began roughly four years ago during one of my college summer breaks when I taught weekly private piano lessons to two children who were advanced-beginner students. In our lessons, the students learned various ways to develop their technique and prepared repertoire that they later performed at the end of the summer. After the summer ended and they finished giving their recitals, I took a break from teaching to finish getting my degree. After I graduated in August of 2018, I took an offer to teach middle school chorus and orchestra as a long-term substitute teacher. As a long-term sub, I conducted the rehearsals for both groups in preparation for their winter concert, which consisted of conducting their repertoire, leading warm-ups, and teaching music theory.
For those students who are children and are just starting out, I'll have them work through a lesson book that I find fit for them so they can grasp the fundamentals. Once they establish the fundamentals, I'll assign them solo repertoire so they can begin learning their own pieces. For older students, I'll find out what they are interested in learning and go from there. Some examples of a main focus for piano lessons may be to learn a specific genre of music, learn how to compose original music, or improve their technique in an existing realm of music.
I believe every person learns differently and thrives off of positive reinforcement, which is why I base my curriculum solely on who I'm currently working with. Every student I work with has their own specific curriculum. Every week I'll have an assignment for the student to practice that will be expected to be completed. This will be the gauge towards their improvement. As we work week after week, I will be observing what inspires the student most and conduct assignments and based on that.
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