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BM, Oral Roberts University
2015-Percussionist in OKMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band 2014-Oral Roberts University Talent Scholarship Recipient
I've been a musician for more than ten years, and have performed and taught in a variety of different venues. In 2018, I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance with a focus on Classical Guitar. I've been teaching for six years, and have always enjoyed getting to share my love of music with others! Few things are more satisfying to me than getting to witness a student with a passion for music try their best week after week, and see how amazed they are at their own progress!
I started teaching when I was a junior in high school. I was taking college classes, so I had some free time during school hours, and my school's band director would have me assist him in teaching the younger band classes. I did that for two years, and then I graduated and moved to college, where I began teaching privately at Abbey Road Academy in Jenks, Oklahoma during my junior year of college. I stayed there for nine months, and then began teaching freelance lessons my senior year. After graduation I started teaching with the Legato School of Music in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and have continued to teach there as well as growing my personal business as a private instructor.
For my beginning guitar students, we begin with basic chords and simple melodies to develop motor function, finger strength/dexterity, and calluses on the fingertips. After that I start teaching them how to read music and progress onto harder pieces. During this time, I also incorporate teaching the student a song of their own choosing in order to keep them engaged and excited about learning the play music. For piano students, we begin working out of the Bastien piano series immediately, and my percussion students learn from the Hal Leonard Percussion books.
I like to engage with my students on a personal level in addition to a student/teacher perspective. I've found that when my students are excited to see me each week, they are more willing to follow my instruction and try their best when it comes to practicing. An important aspect of this philosophy is giving the student a chance to choose their own music. Initially, they begin learning things at my instruction and through my own curriculum or the curriculum of the Bastien or Hal Leonard books, but I also let them choose one of their favorite songs for us to work on together. This helps them feel like they not only have some control over their experience, but that they are also learning something that they would genuinely love to play.
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