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BM, Indiana University, Piano Performance BM, Indiana University, Composition
2017 - First international premiere of a composition: "...Surrounded by Reality" 2015 - Saxophone quartet, "Motormouth" performed on Barkada Quartet's national tour 2011 - Indiana University Premiere Young Artist Scholarship 2007-2009 Attended the International Institute for Young Musicians 2006, 2008 Winner of St. Louis Area Young Artist Competition
I am a dedicated musician with a lifelong devotion to uncovering the great mysteries of music. I graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, as well as another Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. My principle instructors have included: Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, Don Freund, and P.Q. Phan. I have had the fortunate opportunity to perform in over 30 different states, and to have my compositions played internationally. I am knowledgeable in many different styles of music, and have an expertise in music theory. I have a large amount of experience accompanying and playing in chamber ensembles.
I first began my teaching career in 2015 and have since had a rapidly-growing base of students. I have taught students in elementary school, middle school, high school, and even college graduates. I believe in a holistic approach to teaching--what good is knowing how to play your instrument if you don't understand the essence of music? For these reasons, I always emphasize the underlying principles in both the playing technique and the construction of the music. I like to allow students to choose music they enjoy playing, while retaining a healthy amount of repertoire aimed at honing skills.
For the novice student, I use both the "Faber and Faber" and "The Joy of First Year Piano" method books. When they have mastered these pieces, I introduce Hanon's "The Virtuoso Pianist". Students at this level will also begin working on pieces from such collections as Schumann's "Album for the Young" and Bach's "Notebook for Anna Magdalena". I strive to expose students to music from each of the major stylistic periods to help expand their perspective and introduce them to new aesthetic ideas. I teach with a heavy emphasis on music theory in order to help students understand the mechanics of not just the music they are learning, but any piece of music they may encounter and become curious about.
It is my firm belief that lessons should not just be about teaching the student how to play an instrument. I aim to help my students understand music in the abstract, and then apply this knowledge to their piano playing. I believe that this approach allows for the student to transcend instrument and style, giving them the tools to explore music of any type. Inevitably, this approach will lead to a greater understanding, and in turn, a greater appreciation of music that the student will carry with them for a lifetime.
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