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Bachelor's of Fine Arts, IADT, Advertising Design Honors Liberal Arts program completion, DePaul University
My passion is teaching. It's my profession, as well as my hobby (I am a Volunteer Sunday School Teacher). My main goal in music lessons is to make the experience enjoyable for the student -- I'm not very strict when it comes to progress. In my opinion, a student should genuinely enjoy playing their instrument because progress inevitably follows. I love to do risk-free trials because the student and the teacher need to have a certain rapport for the lessons to be fully effective. While I specialize in young ages, I also enjoy teaching adults. Let's do a trial and see if we're a good fit!
I never imagined God had plans for me to be a music teacher. I had taken piano lessons for about 15 years (later adding recorder, guitar, violin, clarinet, saxophone, and cello) and was working as a front desk receptionist in a music school when a teacher notified us of an unexpected long-term absence. My boss--who had known me for almost 20 years, and who taught me piano-- approached me and said she would like ME to teach the affected students. I had no experience but knew I was great with children and loved playing music. 5 years later, I was the most popular music teacher in the school--discovering a hidden gift of mine for teaching!
Because I accept children as young as 3, my methods vary quite drastically. I also work with children who have learning disabilities, so I like to cater my lessons to the needs of the student. We play a LOT of games and when I feel they are ready, they can progress to books. I use everything from Hal Leonard and Bastien to Alfred and Faber & Faber. Being a Special Education Aide, I understand that no book is a “one size fits all". To keep lessons engaging, I break them up into mini segments which are tailored to the student's needs and abilities. Some example segments include: ear training, theory, composition, rhythm practice, singing, coloring, genre discovery, etc.
I am goofy kind of gal who is a kid at heart so, while I do not allow the students to goof-off during practice, I definitely encourage the children to have fun and take breaks. Learning a new skill is taxing on the brain so I do enjoy inserting some brain-breaks here and there, when necessary. I'm also a very big sticker advocate! Most children enjoy them, and I love rewarding them after completing a song we've been working on. I would say my biggest asset, though, is using words of affirmation. If the child is working hard, I acknowledge that and let them know how proud I am of them. I've noticed that children work hard when you keep them engaged and pump positive energy into the lesson!
Very nice, knowledgeable and great with teens!
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