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B.Sc., Univeristy of Technology, Baghdad- Iraq, Computer Engineering Studying
BMus, Wayne State University Detroit- USA, Piano Performance
2014- Edward P. Frolich Endowed Piano Scholarship, Wayne State Univeristy, MI.
2014- talent- based honor award in the Department of Music at Wayne State University, MI.
2013- Certificate of Appreciation, Guardian Angel Hospice Care, MI.
2009- Certificate of appreciation, The center of spiritual life, father Ghadeer al Karmaly- Baghdad, Iraq.
2002- Certificate of appreciation, King Husain Abdallah, Amman, Jordan.
2000- Certificate of appreciation, Minister of education- Baghdad, Iraq.
1993- Certifiate of appreciation, Al-Orfali Art Gallery- Baghdad, Iraq
I am a piano teacher who came from a culture that does not really appreciate music. I lived there for 24 years, and I had not had the chance to pursue my dreams in music. Now that I am here having the freedom to work towards achieving my goals in music, I am studying, teaching music, expressing and sharing my love for it. I started teaching music officially in 2010, but before that I had given training courses and private lessons in some churches, and that was starting from 2005.
My teaching experence started, as I mentioned above, in 2005 when I started giving training courses at some churches. That was in Baghdad, giving training courses to kids who were interested in playing with choirs. Basically the courses were divided into two lessons/ week: 1 lesson in theories, 1 lesson in applied music. Then I started giving private lessons also in Baghdad. Then I moved to Lebanon, where I taught in two institutes for music. In those institutes I taught applied music, theories and solfege. In 2011 I came to U.S. and I started teaching at Faith Lutheran Academy of Music, and I also gave private lessons at students' homes. I have found from my experience from Baghdad, Lebanon, and now U.S. that so many methods and approaches can be used in music. For instance, a student might not show any interest in classical music but with certain way of teaching that music and choosing the right piece for the right person, I might change the feeling the student has. And that's what I do, I find pieces that fit my students and try pieces from different eras and different styles to find out what appeales more to the student.
I use the Faber method for my beginner students. Sometimes with students who are 4 or 5 years I use the pre-beginners books from Alfred. Other times I use the Suzuki method, depending on the level of understanding. Alongside those books, I use technique books to build good, strong hand especially for young kids. As we move along I start giving solo repertoire from different eras of music to introduce the student to different kinds of music from different composers.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my students developed a passion and desire for music. Therefore, not only is it about what pieces I want to teach, but also what songs or pieces my students are interested in learning. That is why I ask my students from time to time, "What do you want to learn?" Depending on their level, we decide if we can learn it or wait. I also try to make my students share the process of finding out information; I do not just give information and ask them to learn it, but I give those information in "questions conversation" to have them think about it and find out themselves what I want to deliver to them.
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