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Bachelor Degree: University of Cincinnati
2nd place winner of the Lucy Palmero Weed Competition
Originally born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, I have had the incredible privilege of learn from some of the best cellists and cello teachers in the world. I started playing the cello when at the age of 8 in the 4th grade, and immediately fell in love with it. For the past 15 years I have been a student of the cello and it is my life's goal to continue to master the cello and to teach it to others. I have recently finished my bachelor's degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, and I am excited to see where my career is headed!
My first teaching experience actually begins in my teens when I would teach my little brothers how to play the cello. This has given me important experience in teaching young children from the age as young as 4 years old. From there on I have taught other children and some adults totaling 3 years of total teaching experience. I also have experience in musicianship skills that are important to developing good playing for any beginner and even advanced players. This includes sight singing and having basic piano skills. Both of these are essential to learn for anyone trying to seriously pursue a career in music.
I have completed the "Every Child Can!" Suzuki course and it has helped define the basics of my teaching method. The method puts emphasis on bringing out the maximum potential that is within each child. There is something in education called differentiation, and this concept says that if your teaching style does not work for the student, then it is up to the teacher to change there method to fit what works best for the child. There should be no unneeded pressure on the child, as this will result with a unhealthy relationship with the instrument and with music. I typically start beginning students with no sheet music, and focus mainly on developing the ear before introducing sheet music to them.
For my teaching style, I have a very organic approach. The main goal as a teacher is to develop a passion for the instrument and the music. This is crucial for seeing any development at a decent pace in any student. What happens otherwise is that the student does not want to practice, or practicing without focus. If a student is passionate about the music and their instrument, then they will want to practice, and will teach themselves. Because of the difficulty of learning music and a instrument, this is the most crucial element to my teaching style.
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