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Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education
I'm a dedicated instructor with a love for music and instilling that same love in my students. Growing up in a musical household, my father and mother were both musicians who believed that a love of music should be taught at a young age. I believe in the value of learning how to appreciate music, and one of the best ways to do that is to learn how to play an instrument. I started out learning how to play the piano and transitioned to learning how to play the cello later on. I have played in both classical and acoustic sets, and I enjoy the versatility of the cello's sound in either set.
I am excited to begin teaching music. Along with my experience as a classroom teacher, I have also tutored English to ESOL students. As a tutor, I assigned homework regularly and kept students accountable by checking for completion and accuracy. When it comes to learning how to play an instrument, the importance of practicing regularly on one's own cannot be emphasized enough. For my younger students, I will be using accountability notebooks for students to keep a record of when and how long they practiced.
For younger students, I will be using Suzuki Cello School to guide instruction. When students have successfully completed the Suzuki books, I will introduce them to pieces that would be suitable for a recital performance. For adults, I will base instruction off of Suzuki but also find material that will keep the learning process fun and enjoyable. This would include any modern or contemporary pieces that students are familiar with. I believe students learn more effectively when they enjoy the process, and I use students' interests to enhance my instruction.
Love for music is one of the most essential components of dedication to learn. I want to see my students have a genuine desire to grow in their musical skills, and I encourage this by setting realistic goals for each of my students. I tailor my instruction to each student by including musical pieces that hone in on a skill set and some that are for fun. I try to find out what inspires my students in order to keep them engaged and excited to learn. Practice makes perfect, and I keep students accountable by using a practice journal to keep a record of how much time they have practiced before each lesson.
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