Associates in Music: Northern Oklahoma College Bachelors in Instrumental Music Education: Oklahoma City University
2011 - Performed solo with NOC Roustabouts and opened for Lenny Pickett
I started teaching private clarinet lessons in high school and fell in love with it. After high school, I went to Northern Oklahoma College where I played saxophone and clarinet and was awarded the Outstanding Instrumentalist award two consecutive years. After graduating, I attended Oklahoma City University where I played as 1st chair clarinet in the Wind Philharmonic and Lead Tenor in the Jazz Ensemble. In 2012, I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Music Education. I am a classical and jazz player. I love the "freeness" of jazz and how technically challenging a good classical piece can be. My most memorable performances have been opening for Saturday Night Live's Lenny Pickett with the NOC Roustabouts and volunteering annually with a jazz combo at the Redrock Special Olympics.
I have been playing the clarinet and saxophone for 13 years. I began teaching lessons in high school and have continued teaching since. I went to school at Northern Oklahoma College to obtain my Associates Degree in Music and continued my education at Oklahoma City University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education. I have studied under Dineo Heilmann, Dr. Stacey DiPaolo, and Bradford Behn.
In every lesson, I strive to keep the student engaged and enjoying music. My goal is for every one of my students to be as passionate and excited about music as I am! I teach students how to warm up and breath properly and find music that they are passionate about. For beginners in band, I will suggest we use the same book the student is using at his or her school. After the first lesson, I will focus on the student's strengths and areas for improvement. I will hand write etudes and exercises that provide a challenge for the student. For more advanced players, we will discuss what solo repertoire the student has played and what areas of their playing needs improvement. I will create an exercise that prepares them for the difficult sections of the next piece they will learn.
I first find out what inspired a student’s decision to study and/or play music. Then, I strive to adapt to my student’s learning style and use their personal interests to bring out the highest potential for learning. I write my own exercises for each student because I believe every student will have different needs that can be addressed with individualized exercises. Additionally, I focus on teaching students how to choose priorities for practice. Learning how to practice efficiently is essential to becoming a successful musician.