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Bachelor Degree: Texas Lutheran University
Graduate Degree: Stephen F. Austin State University
2018 - Graduate Assistant
I have always loved and appreciated music however, I did not gain my passion for music until I was shown its power and affect through the teaching of high school music educators. From then I pursued a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Texas Lutheran University and graduated the Fall of 2016. I have performed in several dramatic stage works in the area of musicals and opera. The most recent being, The Pirates of Penzance. Over my experience, I have a amassed a large repertoire and am continuing my education as a second year Graduate Student at Stephen F. Austin State University.
I began teaching trumpet when I was a high school student. My students were middle school aged peers within my school district that needed additional guidance. While in college, I maintained two dozen or so students within my own private studio. Some of these students were non-music majors that were given to me by my own voice professor. My primary instrument is the human voice. A complicated yet versatile instrument that is unique in every person, and as such should be treated with specific pedagogical methods that best suit a student's age, skill level, and learning style. I teaching using a mix of vocalise (vocal exercises,) popular music, and classical.
With beginning students, I tend to focus on the fundamentals for the instrument, and music. An adequate grasp of the fundamentals, along with consistent practice and rehearsal times, lead to a student expediting their abilities. At this point, I will start distributing solo repertoire/literature and duets. I always encourage my students to perform for one another and to their friends and family. Not every student learns the same way. Where one student may understand a concept and implement it in their playing or singing by means of a technical explanation, another student may want to understand the physical sensations that are likely to be expected. Other students require visual and imaginative aids for their instruction.
The ultimate goal that I have for my students is to see that they have the same passion for music that I found when I was at my beginning. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a student revel in their own personal relationship with music, but to share their love of music, this is paramount. Music is a learned skill, and nothing in life worth doing comes automatic. Pacing and acknowledgements of good work tend to encourage students to continue their hard work. I strive to make a safe environment that promotes trust where one can make mistakes without fear of destructive criticism or embarrassment.
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