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M.A.Education (music major)-B.Music Education ( Organ and Education major)-Off Certification-Kodaly Certification-Voice Over Certification
Performed with the Westminster Choir College Symphonic Choir in: Lincoln Center ( Avery Fisher Hall) Carnegie Hall Academy of Music National Orchestra, Washington, D.C. I was instrumental in forming a 400 voice choir for the One Joyful Choir Event . We did this twice and performed in the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
I have been playing the keyboard since the age of 5. I have been teaching since I was 21 years old and completed my first college degree. Music is my life. I have been the Organist and Choir director of two churches and I have been fortunate to sing and work under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, and many other great conductors. I pass along my love and passion I have for music to my students. I have been lucky to have taught all levels of learning. grades Kindergarten through adults. All of those students have different levels of ambition, skills and learning styles.
If a student isn't having fun learning the instrument then I am doing something wrong! Learning should be fun and a joy not a chore. I try to encourage the students to practice without being told to do so. With that comes a joy of doing it on your own and for themselves not for anyone else. Lessons in my studio are to compliment each students experiences and desires. Since teaching piano from my early college days until now, I find that students have many more interests than just music. Piano should be very enjoyable and create an excitement to come each week.
I start each student with the Frances Clark Series. This is terrific in introducing all musical components to the learner. It starts off right away using ALL the notes on the piano. Black notes are used exclusively in some repertoire. Each building block is built upon the next and it just nicely adds , in a non-threatening way to what the student has learned before. I intersperse these books with other more seasonal books and the student and I build on that. I am amenable to starting the student with books or lessons that they have learned from another teacher. As each student advances we get into the core of repertoire ie. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart etc.
I expect the student to practice and learn for him or her self. I am there to facilitate. I am there to help. I am there to be the teacher and to encourage. I give each student the freedom to learn and prove to themselves just how wonderful they can be. I sit down with each student and parent, if the parent is coming with them, in the beginning and discuss with them the importance of practice and what it does to help with the learning process. We are preparing for enjoyment and fun not necessarily for performance. Performance may come into play if the student feels it is necessary.
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