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BA, Spelman College MACM (Master of Church Music), Interdenominational Theological Center DSW (Doctor of Worship Studies) Candidate - Graduate 2020
Blue Ribbon (4.0 GPA) Spelman College, 1971 Outstanding young Women of America, 1983 Gammon Theological Seminary, Marion Bennett Award for Academic Excellence (4.0 GPA), 2000 Morris Brown College, Presentation for excellence in Administration/Management, 2000 Gammon Theological Seminary, Betty McKelvy Award, 2002, 2003 (Nominated by Dr. Walter McKelvey, Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary) Gammon Theological Seminary, Gracie Spears-Bowman Academic Award, 2003 Interdenominational Theological Center/Melva W. Costen Music Award, 2003 Interdenominational Theological Center Dean’s List, 2003 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2003 Seminarian Award, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship, 2003
I have enjoyed being a music and voice coach for many years, preparing students for performance and auditions. My recognition of my passion for music occurred at a very young age as I listened to the old gospel hymns in my grandmother's rural church. The passion continued throughout high school, college and graduate school. While in college I realized that the arts would be an integral part of my professional life. The passion continued to flourish as I served as minister of music and choir director for many churches in the Atlanta metro area for many years.
I have had the privilege of teaching piano and voice students for over ten years. It gives me great pleasure to teach students who have the same insatiable passion for music that I possess. Having a strong desire to learn is an integral part of the teaching process. It fuels a student's desire to learn and improves their musical skills. My students understand that I insist on adhering to a rigid daily practice schedule which is imperative to their success. I have had the pleasure of working with my students on several genres including spirituals, sacred songs, classical, popular music and some show tunes. Some of my students are dancers and want to be fully prepared for auditions by exhibiting vocal and instrumental skills. My students understand that they are in a constant state of learning, as there are always new things to learn vocally and instrumentally. This understanding fuels their passion and makes teaching and learning a pleasure.
I start my younger students with Alfred's Basic Piano Library Prep Course For The Young Beginner. This series incorporates basic music theory in each lesson which is imperative for success on the piano. The lessons use graphics, language and examples that children can easily grasp, and are lots of fun to read and play. As their skills improve, I play an accompaniment for encouragement and fun. My adult students begin their lessons with Alfred's Piano Lessons for the beginning adult. Here the same incorporation of theory aids learning and progress.
I firmly believe in individual learning processes. Once I determine each student's learning style, I design my lessons to adhere to that style. Most students prefer a combination of vocal instruction and hands-on demonstration of theory and technique. It is exciting and rewarding to me to meet the student where they are and work with them in a manner that is comfortable for them. Each student is allowed to progress at their own pace and style which allows their individuality to shine. Accomplishments are strongly rewarded as this pushes them forward to higher levels of success.
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