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Samuel K In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

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Samuel K In Home
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Academic Honors Diploma, Sheridan High School Bachelors's in Music Education, Ball State University, in progress
Awards:

IMEA Composition Competition Winner 2010

IMEA Composition Competition Winner 2009

First Chair Oboe at Regional Honor Band

First Chair Tuba at Regional Honor Band

John Philip Sousa Award

Overview:
I am a current student at Ball State University studying to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental/General Music Education with an add-on in Vocal Education. I am passionate about teaching music and helping others reach their full potential on whatever instruments they want to play. I am versatile and can play on almost every instrument with piano as my primary focus. When I am not teaching, I spend my time practicing, performing, and always striving to improve on any and every instrument I have available. And when I can no longer practice, I normally find myself composing/arranging pieces and training my ears to hear music better. 
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching back in my sophomore year of high school when one of my friends wanted to learn how to play the piano. I gave them half hour lessons once a week and tailored my teaching to fit what techniques they wanted to learn. After that, I began branching out and teaching other friends, and eventually found myself helping out the middle school bands during my study hall. Now that I am in college, my own playing has improved and I have found new ways to connect and teach students whether that be in person, or by using technology such as skype. I find that the key part of playing an instrument, especially for beginners, is to have fun; if the student doesn't enjoy their instrument, then I am not teaching them properly. Similarly, I encourage my students to perform in front of others because I find that showing others what you have learned helps encourage more practice and enjoyment when playing.
METHODS USED
My main music philosophy is to teach sound before sight: teach students to hear the music, and then read the notation. For beginners, I want them to become well acquainted with their instrument so I begin with the basic fundamentals, and then teach some traditional tunes before moving on to reading music. For students who can already read music, I like to work on sight-reading as well as finding solo repertoire that can be performed at recitals. Since I find every student learns differently, I like to create my own lesson plans that are tailored to the individual student because this helps them reach their full potential. That being said, I am not against method books as they provide valuable technique exercises that strengthen a student's playing.
LESSON STYLE
As a teacher, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student develop a passion for music. If my students do not leave every lesson feeling inspired, encouraged, and wanting to practice and play music, then I am not doing my job. Just as I tailor each lesson to match the individual student, expect the student to grow and develop as a musician at his/her own pace. Ultimately, music is universally accessible and I want to foster a love and appreciation for listening to music as well as performing music.
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