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Advanced Music Studies Certificate, Carnegie Mellon University, Clarinet Performance MM, Carnegie Mellon University, Clarinet Performance Bachelor of Music, Southern Methodist University, Music Education with Teacher Certification in Texas
2017 - Winner, Silberman Chamber Music Competition Schubert Octet in F Major, Carnegie Mellon University 2017 - Winner, Major Artist Auditions Clarinet and Piano Duo, Pittsburgh Concert Society 2016 - Finalist, Concerto Competition Weber Concertino in E-flat Major, Carnegie Mellon University
I am from Dallas, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh to study with Michael Rusinek of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Teacher Certification in Texas from Southern Methodist University and my Master of Music and Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. I have performed in many regional orchestras in the Pittsburgh area as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Along with performing in the Pittsburgh area, I have also attended the Aspen Music Festival and played in the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.
I have been teaching since the summer after my freshman year of college. I knew that I wanted to gain experience teaching private lessons early in my career, so I contacted middle and high school band programs in the Dallas Metroplex and slowly began building a teaching studio. By the following year, I had a full studio with students of all levels. After finishing my coursework at Southern Methodist University, I completed a semester of student teaching at Berkner High School and Liberty Junior High in Richardson, TX. While I was student teaching I had the opportunity to teach and learn to teach not only clarinet, but all of the wind and brass instruments! It was an amazing experience and I was able to connect so much of what I learned about other instruments back to teaching the clarinet. I am comfortable teaching students just starting to play the clarinet, all the way up to advanced students looking to bring their playing to the next level!
Typically, I first like to have the student play something they want to play for me - anything they know or like to play! From here, I can take that information and use it to form a plan and we can address fundamentals or skills that need to be worked on. I firmly believe that fundamentals are incredibly important to playing the instrument at the highest level. Alongside work on fundamentals, I will prescribe music that is on par with the level of student so that they are challenged but will be successful. The student can also always bring in whatever music that they are also working on, for additional help on certain passages and bumps in the road that they might've run into!
What I enjoy about teaching is helping students reach their goals and being able to see their improvement from week to week. Everyone learns differently so it is a lot of fun to try different things and find the specific way that each student will thrive. The most important thing is that the student is having fun and feels like they are getting the most out of our time together. They should be learning, listening, playing, and thinking about the music with more depth and breadth of knowledge every week.
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