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BMus, Rice University, Composition
2002 - Honorable Mention, National Foundation for the Arts
2003 - Scholarship to Attend the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
2006 - Arctic Spirit for Symphony Orchestra premiered by the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra
2007 - Senior Recital for Composition
I am a composer who plays several instruments, and my primary instrument is piano. From 2010 to 2012, I was a full-time, self-employed piano tutor serving the Paris, TX area, with several loyal clients. What makes me stand out as an educator are two things: 1. My strong personal conviction that anything may be taught to anyone, provided that there is a willingness to learn, and that the educator is able to effectively break down the given subject into its logical components, and 2. My ability to create piano exercises on the spot, tailored to my students particular technical needs.
I have always had a deep appreciation for music. This led me to learn to play piano, beginning at age 5. By age 7, I was writing pieces of my own. In highschool, I found that I enjoyed teaching piano to others. After college, I opened my own business, which I ran from the end of my first deployment, until the beginning of my second deployment (I am a National Guardsman), called CMPPC. My primary source of income in this business was as a piano tutor.
As a piano educator, I believe that the foundation of success as a pianist is a thorough understanding of musical theory, and my method involves teaching piano from the ground up by teaching a little theory and applying it, then a little more theory and applying it, and so on, and so forth, until the student is fluent in the language that is music. At the intermediate and advanced levels, I focus more on technique and expressivity. I teach theory and technique to my students by creating exercises tailored to their needs. Every student is unique, and my method reflects that. I also feel very strongly that music, and the piano in particular, is a subject that can be learned at any point in life. I have student of many different age groups, ranging from elementary school children to retirees looking to develop piano performance as a personal hobby. Regardless of your age, your level of skill, or your goals as a musician, I can help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
My teaching style depends very much on what your goal is in deciding to learn to play piano. I can teach you how to play classical piano, piano improvisation, piano accompaniment, or how to play in a certain style with a musical group. Your goal as a student determines the approach we take. That being said, typically, I take a three pronged approach toward teaching: 1. Theory; teach the fundamentals of sight reading and music theory in small increments and apply them by creating custom musical exercises. 2. Technique; use custom musical exercises to learn how to sight read, and develop technical skill. 3. Literature; select particular pieces which the student enjoys, and which is appropriate to his/her skill level, and focus on mastering it. In this way, learning to play the piano is a realistic goal, which one can achieve in an enjoyable manner.
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