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High School Diploma, Oakland School for the Arts, Instrumental Music BA, The University of Melbourne (Study Abroad), Music BA, Whittier College, Music
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who strives to provide a well structured and personalized lessons to my students. I am a graduate of Whittier College, Class of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Performance. My main instrument is Cello and my secondary instrument is Piano. I also have experience in studying Violin, Viola, and Bass. Studying Music Performance in College has inspired me to teach and work with students of all ages. My aspirations are to become a Music teacher and teach full time as a career.
My teaching experience comes from my experiences and lessons from my previous private teachers. During my 10 years of lessons I learned that importance of a regularly maintained practice schedule leads to the most effective practice sessions. I try to encourage students of all ages to seek out music that they find enjoyable and I do what i can to shape my lessons to make learning the music exciting. I try to anticipate a students need. If a student is not having fun in my lesson I will try my best to correct right away.
The skill level of my students range from Beginner to Intermediate. For Piano Students: My beginner students start with the Bastien Piano Basic Method Books. I assess what book level is necessary during our first lesson. Other beginner material I use are: Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Books, Older Beginner Piano Course (For Adult Beginner Students), and Piano Adventures series. Book levels vary per student and some additional material may fall to the responsibility of the students family to purchase. For the Advanced Beginner to Intermediate students (both adults and children) I use a mix of the higher level of all series listed above and a series of pieces that will challenge my students to explore their musicality, expression, awareness, and technical skills. For Cello Students: My beginner to intermediate cello students are taught using a combination the the following method books: All for Strings, Belwin Course for Strings, The ABC's of Cello, and Strictly Strings. In addition to method books I also use a series of pieces that will challenge my students to explore their musicality, expression, awareness, and technical skills.
Teaching is a passion of mine that I hope to further expand upon in my post-graduate educational studies. I do my best to provide a personalized lesson that is designed to suit a students playing style.I like to acknowledge a students accomplishments to help encourage their accomplishments. By acknowledging a students accomplishments it helps them thrive and eager to tackle further challenges both in music and their lives. I want my students to enjoy practicing and grow their love for their respective instruments.
Monica is very kind and patient. She is clearly passionate about music and loves sharing her passion. I do wish that she challenged me a bit more and gave me specific homework assignments. I know she is used to working with young children, so it's a difficult adjustment to work with an adult! Overall I am really enjoying working with her.
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