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BM, Florida Southern College, Music Education
2002-2004 - Percussion Captain, Auburndale High School/Winter Haven High School
2002-2004 - Superior and Superior w/ Distinction ratings at FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival
2006-2009 - Section Leader (Percussion) - Florida Southern College
2010-2014 - Band Director (grades 6-12) - McKeel Academy of Technology
2010-2014 - Students in All County and All State ensembles as well as Superior ratings at FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival
Hello! I am a highly energetic and passionate music educator from the central Florida area. Over the past 10 years, I have worked with a wide range of instrumental students in and out of the classroom. My primary focus is percussion (contemporary and orchestral), but I am proficient on several other instruments as well. My main goal as an educator is to help students understand the fundamentals of music at a higher level and fine tune their skills on their chosen instrument. I also strongly support creativity in music and enjoy helping students find their own path whether it be through playing or writing music.
I began taking private lessons shortly after I joined the band program in middle school. I continued to take lessons all throughout high school and college. Shortly after graduating high school I was offered the position of drum instructor. During college I taught for several years as the drum instructor at Winter Haven High School. I also taught private lessons to a wide range of students during this time. Shortly after college I became the band director at McKeel Academy of Technology in Lakeland. This position gave me the opportunity to work more with younger students as well as high school students. I spent 4 years at the school working in and out of the classroom with students ranging from grades 6-12. I have had a lot of success with helping students audition and gain acceptance to high acheiving arts schools in the area as well as All County and All State ensembles.
Due to my experience working with multiple grade/age levels, I have learned to carefully fine tune my teaching strategy for each individual student that I work with. At the beginner level I typically work from method books to ensure a solid development of performance fundamentals. I also like to spend a good bit of time establishing successful warm-up and practice routines. With intermediate level students I continue with more challenging method books as well as standard musical excerpts and etudes. When working with advanced level students I feel that it is not only important to further develop physical skill on the instrument, but also to understand and engage the principals of music theory. I enjoy helping advanced students add more feeling and expression to their music through these techniques.
Music has been my passion from a very early age. I have learned through my years as an educator that sharing this passion with others is just as rewarding as personal experience or success. I greatly enjoy performing as much as I can myself but helping students achieve their own personal musical goals has become one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I look forward to meeting new students and learning about their passions and goals so that I can help them find the most rewarding path possible!
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