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Golden Key Festival- Gold Award
Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Miriam Gottlieb Piano Competition- Honorable Mention
Winter Honors Finalist at Peabody Preparatory
Pre-college Program at Peabody School of Music at Johns Hopkins University
Hello! My name is Michelle and I have been playing the piano for 14 years. I started at a small studio like most children, just out of curiosity as to what kind of interests I could have. I ended up loving playing and performing the piano and gradually developed my skill over time, winning numerous awards and using my skills to participate in church choir and many other volunteer opportunities. I have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Leith Symington Griswold Hall at Johns Hopkins University. I hope to continue to perform at large venues. I currently attend the College of William and Mary and will be a sophomore next year hopefully majoring in Psychology following the pre-med track and minoring in piano performance and education.
I am pretty new to teaching, since I started at around August of 2017. I taught for around one year in my senior year of high school, and had to leave for college during summer of 2018. I taught students at any place they were convenient with: sometimes at my studio, sometimes at their homes. I loved teaching when I first started. I am mostly focused on classical music, but teaching students helped me understand many more genres of music. I also felt as if I had nurtured a greater sense of patience as I was teaching which encouraged children to practice and enjoy playing the piano. I loved challenging my students and seeing how they would progress throughout the year. I made sure that everyone would have fun and develop a passion for music as well.
For beginners, I usually start with John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course. Then, I progress onto Dozen a Day, and finally Hanon and Czerny. For the advanced students, I start right from Hanon and Czerny, and go onto Burgmuller. If there is time, I will add on Rebikov for hand separation practice. Repertoire is often chosen based on the student's ability at the time. I will most likely start with repertoire from Easy Classics to Modern, and later add on repertoire that matches the student's style (such as jazz or R&B).
I want to carry on my passion for music onto other students. I often try to acknowledge how well a student is doing whether they are pacing fast or slow. No matter where and how a student gets stuck, I always will try to work out difficulties and obstacles by working closely alongside them and encouraging them. I also have a system for students where they will earn a star if they reach a certain goal, so that they will feel like the accomplished musicians they will become. I hope this star system will also give the students their own will to practice and develop an interest in any genre of music. I am so excited to work with all of you!! :)
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