BME, University of Colorado at Boulder, Instrumental Music Education BM, Unviersity of Colorado at Boulder, Tuba Performance
2015 - Solo and Ensemble Festival Judge
2013 - AmeriCorps Volunteer Scholarshp Recipient
2011 - National Intercollegiate Band Member
2011 - Hot Springs Music Festival Performer
I am a music instructor with a wide variety of experiences, knowledge, and pedagogical approaches. Since I began teaching private, I have had students of all ages and ability levels achieve success, including one student who was accepted into the Colorado All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. In addition to private teaching, I currently teach music classes to all ages of students at a home school enrichment program, where I also direct the after-school band program. As a performer, I have performed as a tuba and trombone player throughout Colorado in orchestras, bands, jazz ensembles, brass ensembles, and other assorted groups. I am very excited to continue adding to these experiences by reaching new heights as a performer and as an educator.
I first began teaching as a student at CU Boulder, giving private lessons as a student job. Within a few years, however, teaching became a passion, and I have since made it my career. On a given day I currently find myself teaching anything from elementary recorders to high school tuba or trombone lessons, from Stomp-style percussion ensemble to concert band, and everything in between, and I am loving every minute of. Any day I can help a student realize their potential as a musician is a good day!
When I'm working with beginning students, my defaul method book is Essential Elements. However, if students have another book for a school band class, I am more then happy to work with them to preserve some line of consistency in the students education. As they progress, I look to find more advanced etude and solo books, focusing on music that is of interest to the student. Practicing music should be fun, and I try to make it fun, while maintaining an emphasis on fundamentals and musicianship.
Music, at its most basic, should be fun, and I try to impart that to my students. Lessons with me involve jokes, fun music, and taking our music making to the extreme. In addition, I strive to teach music as a language; learning it both aurally and visually, developing an ear for music and self-evaluation while learning to read the notes on the page. I also see it as my duty to model what the student musician should strive to sound like, giving them an ideal sound in their head through frequent modeling. This three-pronged approach of musical modeling, musical language, and musical fun sums up my teaching style, and has helped me to find success with a wide variety of students.