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BA, Washburn University, Music OAKE Level 1 Kodaly Music Education Certificate, Wichita State University
2010 Performed on Kansas Public Radio with Washburn University Wind Ensemble 2011-2013 Performed as Principal Clarinet in the Washburn Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble 2011 Performed as clarinet feature with the Washburn Wind Ensemble at the Kansas Music Educator's Association conference 2012 Received Student Fellowship for The Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium at the University of Minnesota 2012 Performed at the Collegiate Band Directors National Association conference with the Washburn Wind Ensemble
I'm a passionate teacher who loves to get to know my students and see them grow through and with music! In 2013 I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Music with emphases in clarinet and music education. As a high schooler I felt called to study music after playing a clarinet solo with my church handbell choir and have been pursuing music ever since then! I love how the fundamentals I have learned have enabled me to pick up and play many different instruments and genres, and I can help you do the same!
My teaching experience began while I was in college taking music education coursework and working as a music tutor for a local middle school band program. After graduating in 2013 I have taught more than 300 hours of private music lessons to students of all ages. I have also taught group music lessons, K-6 general music and choir for a homeschool music program in addition to music theory lessons. I love puzzling out how to relate to each student in the way that best helps them progress towards their musical goals! My Kodaly training has especially helped with younger students to make musical learning an engaging and developmentally appropriate experience. My favorite part about teaching are the unique and relationships built with students as we explore and develop music.
For all of my students I incorporate fundamental methods of playing technique and musical concepts to ensure steady musical progress. Many teachers (especially for guitar/ukulele) simply play along with students to pre-recorded songs or songs that the student picks. This can result in a student skipping around and trying to learn musical concepts out of order. This does not give students the confidence to play or approach songs independently. You can compare it to trying to learn algebra before addition or how to square root before subtraction, you will become frustrated because the concepts are progressive and you don't have a grasp of the basics yet. Frustration is not my teaching goal for my students. My ultimate goal is to provide my students an engaging and fun way to build the musical tool belt they need to play whatever kind of music they like -- independently. For students to find a piece of music they want to play, break it down and figure out what they need to practice, practice it and be able to play the song.
I love learning my students goals and desires for their music! I give all my students fun and achievable tasks and I love to see them succeed and progress! Each student is unique and so are their lessons. I tailor each lesson plan to match the pace and passion of the student. I love finding creative ways to mix your musical preferences and choices into the musical material we are working on! Music is a skill that anyone can learn to do and the speed of your improvement is directly related to the amount/quality of your practice outside of lessons! I will teach you how to get the most out of your practice time and to keep you enjoying your lessons! We will have a good time and set a pace that fits with you and your schedule.
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