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Rookie Arts Teacher of the Year Nominee
Teaching Assistantship Recipient 2017 - 2019, University of Florida
Top 5 Finalist for International Clarinet Association Research Competition, 2018
Hello, and I'm so glad you stopped by! I'm a public school music teacher turned private clarinet studio teacher! I earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Stetson University. I taught music in public school for four years, then earned a Master of Music from the University of Florida. I've been teaching clarinet for almost seven years now, and my experiences teaching in public schools has really shaped who I am as a lesson teacher. I've had the privilege of performing locally with the Gainesville Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, Southern Winds community band, St. Petersburg Community Wind Ensemble, and with University of Florida bands and orchestras.
I have been teaching clarinet since 2013. I love teaching all ages, including adults! Music making is a lifelong joy. My K-12 students in the past have been accepted to performing arts high schools, college music programs, All-State bands, All-County bands, youth orchestras, and earned superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble festivals. But way more importantly, my students have fun learning clarinet! Music is for lifelong enjoyment, and I hope that my students continue on in exploring the wide word of clarinet. I think my favorite experience in teaching is when students "get it" after working so hard to learn something new.
Since I used to be a middle school band director, I am extremely familiar with the teaching beginners. I customize all lessons to each student's goals. After students have passed through the fundamentals, we will work out of the Rubank intermediate or advanced books for technique development. For high school students, we will determine their starting level and goals they want to achieve. For three months to six months, students work on a solo of their choice. I host a recital once a semester where students show off what they've learned! For adult learners, we will start with figuring out goals for learning and build customized plans around what you want to learn. Adult learners are also welcome to show off their newly improved skills at the semester recital.
I am an organized teacher and lessons are structured to accommodate technique development and fun solo work. Each month we will set a goal, and build a weekly plan to get you to accomplish that goal. I ask students to keep a journal of their goals and practice time focus so we can measure how we're working to our goal. We will always do warm up exercises, scale of the week to improve sight-reading, finger twisters to improve technical ability, and solo work of your choosing to put all that practice into action! I love when students see how making a plan and following through makes clarinet enjoyable and easier to play!
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