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MM, Boston University, Music Education BA, Bethany College, Classical Guitar Performance
2011 - Accepted into Boston University's Masters Program
2010 - Graduated from Bethany College with a Bachelor's in Classical Guitar Performance
I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. I decided early on that my career path was going to be some sort of profession dealing with music. I started my journey at Bethany College. I finished my undergrad work there and obtained a BA in Classical Guitar Performance. I'm currently pursuing my Master of Music at Boston University and I will finish the Masters program in May of 2015. I've had the opportunity to study under some of the greatest musicians/educators and also play some great venues with some of my favorite artists.
Since graduating from Bethany College in 2010, I was teaching at a music studio in Wheeling, WV. Unfortunately, the studio closed down. Along with teaching there, I was giving private lessons from home and continue to do so. Teaching is something that gives me the opportunity to pass on what I've learned so far and also to instill students with the opportunity to continue a journey of lifelong learning with music. I've had so many great experiences with music and teaching also allows me to help students create their own experiences with music that could impact their life in a positive way.
For classical guitar students, I've found the best methods to building a good foundation as well as technique is both the Christopher Parkening and Frederick Noad methods. The student also gets a great selection of repertoire to go along with the basics of technique in each. For all other styles of playing, I've found that the Berklee Guitar Methods work well in building the fundamentals in a students playing in the beginning stages. I also like to get an idea of what music style/artists a student is interested in so that I can work that into the lessons as well. This way, I get what I feel they should know and they find out what they want to learn out of each lesson.
Music is a general subject that everyone loves. The idea of being able to pass that on to others makes it even more worthwhile. The usage of positive reinforcement in my lessons allows students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Setting up micro goals that build up to larger ones has been successful in my classroom. Students I've taught have really enjoyed that because they can see their progress. I feel a sense of accomplishment with each little step towards a final goal. I want to inspire students to continue learning music throughout their life, but also show others the joy it brings them.
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