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BME, Baylor University, Music Education
2012-2017- Baylor Symphony Orchestra Section Cellist
2016- Participated in Music Festival, IMFA, in Duino, Italy
I am a cellist and guitarist from El Paso, TX. I studied at Baylor University working towards a Bachelor of Music Education. I have been private teaching for five years and have received glowing reviews from all my past students. I have also student taught in Frisco, one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Along with this, I am passionate for students receiving a music education. If selected I will take the time and energy necessary to make sure that each student receives a thorough understanding of all things music, including history, playing technique, and even some theory. All of this will be done in a fun and nurturing environment.
I began teaching students in college. While I was there I taught seven students all at once. I take pride in providing specific and tailored teaching to each of my students. While student teaching in Frisco I attended many workshops and had many conversations with experienced teachers about how to improve my teaching. Along with this I am a member of TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) and have attended conventions where I obtain more ways of effectively teaching. Along with this my I also taught through Baylor University's string project where I gave private students lessons, as well as the one's under my own contract.
I enjoy accommodating students with the exact type of lessons they need. For beginners I use a slow approach at first, attempting to minimize the chance of bad habits. We begin with starting with proper hold of the instruments, left hand placement, and simple pizzicato; the same would be done with guitar. After a methodical start we would launch into various selections of repertoire which all foster growth and steady challenge. At this point the bow is implemented and we would work with the various of bow usage. For guitar we would explore various string patterns and chords for effective classical playing.
I enjoy making my students as comfortable as possible while they learn. If a parent desires to stay with their student, they may. I also preach the importance of focused practice and focused lessons where we can much in a short amount of time. I believe in going at a pace that is right for the student. Some are incredibly quick to adapt and require more of a challenge. Some students take longer to understand and for them we would move at a modified pace. Either way the most important thing to me is that the student has a understanding of the material.
Nicholas is amazingly patient, and personable. He challenges me at every lesson- to learn about the cello at a deeper level, not just how to play the instrument. I’m a beginner 28 year old, so his patience and willingness to work with me has been great!
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