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N/A (Music degrees; have degrees in other areas of study)
2014 - Sacramento Youth Composer Award
I'm a passionate and motivated guitar/piano instructor based out of Seattle, WA. I chose this career because I love music and being around those who share my feelings. I find nothing else more rewarding than when my students gain the tools to become lifelong learners of their instruments. As I like to say it's not my goal to be your teacher forever, it's my goal for you to become your own (and teach others). I am a very self-motivated person, this led me to learning 6 different instruments. I started out playing viola when I was eight, then later became a first chair cellist in many of the school orchestras I played in. Through studying with my classmates, I learned violin from them. When I was 15 I started to learn guitar, and it turned out being my favorite instrument to play as well as teach. When I started college I enrolled in a piano course where I had two amazing instructors who taught me how to play the piano, quite well I must say. When I was in their classes I began seeing the benefits of music instruction (on instruments that many try to learn on their own). I believe that's what kicked off my musical instruction career.
My teaching experience dates back to my high school days, I began teaching my family and friends guitar and cello part time. In teaching people that were so close to me and often always around me, I was able to observe the many different stages and ways in which people learn. What I found to be the most important components of learning is: a developed love for their instrument, and regular practice on a consistent schedule. I've also found that by highlighting older music (where instruments are really prevalent) you will be able to play nearly any modern song you can think of. On another note my students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material. While I don't expect elaborate pieces of work, I do expect my students to be able to apply the techniques I teach, and interpret them in their own way. Doing so is actually quite fun and rewarding. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
Since every student has a different level of ability (even from the start), I like to find out what they are interested in, and teach accordingly. I rarely teach students the same way because I champion individualism and believe a tailored approach is more likely to keep the student engaged. Material-wise I do require piano students to obtain a book entitled "Beginning Piano for Adults" by Bastien (Amazon is your best bet when purchasing this book). For my guitar students I provide as the necessary learning tools.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students develop a passion for music! I find individually paced progress to be extremely important and beneficial. I encourage this by having my students set a personal-reachable goal at the end of each lesson (something that when it's accomplished leaves the student feeling proud and zealous about learning more!) Acknowledging accomplishments is an important part to learning any instrument because most instruments are difficult to learn and can be frustrating at times. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. It is my goal above all, for all my students to become lifelong learners of music and never become satisfied with what they learned yesterday.
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